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BigFoot Arts Education
Raising standards in education through a creative approach to learning!
June 2017 Newsletter
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Welcome to Bigfoot Arts Education
Hello and a brilliant Bigfoot welcome to our June newsletter!

We have had a busy few weeks delivering many wonderful projects which you can read about below, as well as details about upcoming programmes, news and information.

We hope you enjoy it! 
 
STOP PRESS!!! We are so confident in the huge benefit that our work has on teaching and learning  that from September 2017 we are offering a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE on all one day programmes.  Contact us to find out more information! 
 
What have we got coming up?
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Monday 19th June - Friday 14th July 2017
Transition
We have still got a few dates available this half term for our popular Transition programmes, which are a brilliant opportunity for children to explore transition creatively with their peers. 

Options include Early Years storytelling, Little Steps for KS1, Big Steps for KS2 and a brand new play Upwards and Onwards for Year 6. 

***PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE NEWSLETTER FOR LINKS TO FREE TRANSITION RESOURCES AND AN EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT OFFER!***
Summer Term Arts Projects
Done in a Day 
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Whether it be drama, dance, art or music, we can do it in a day! Our professional specialist facilitators can work with up to 4 classes in one day, each working on part of the same story, song, dance or piece of art that can be shared with the rest of the school and / or parents at the end of the day. A wonderful end of term treat! 
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PPA Provision 
Creative Residencies 
We are delighted that so many schools are continuing with their Creative Residencies next term. Hundreds of children enjoy drama, music and art sessions with us every week, and we are committed to ensuring that children continue to access a broad and creative curriculum. 

If you would like to find out how your school can work with us in 2017-2018, please get in touch and we will visit, call or email you to discuss the various options available. 
 
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Creative Maths Programme
Once Upon a Fraction!
We are so excited to be launching our new Maths programme Once Upon a Fraction this month, with the first bookings taking place over the next few weeks. Make sure to check the July newsletter to find out how we got on! 

Making fractions real through narrative, role play and storytelling!
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Thursday 7th December – Wednesday 20th December 2017
Hansel and Gretel
Bigfoot's 2017 Pantomime, Hansel and Gretel, will be our 15th annual pantomime - oh yes it is!

A perfect end of term treat for the whole school. 

* Special offer! £535 for shows on 7th and 8th  December, limited availability. Email us 
Monday 19th - Sunday 25th June 2017
Refugee Week 
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We are proud to again offer our Think Simple, Act Big! programme for Refugee Week this year. Now, more than ever, the principles of this programme are so important in encouraging children to learn to empathise and accept and respect each other’s differences.
What have we been up to? 
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Last minute supply cover
Creative Days
This month we have received fantastic feedback from schools who have used our Creative Days programmes for last minute supply cover. We are incredibly proud of our many wonderfully dedicated, talented and hard working facilitators who deliver these programmes, bringing the curriculum to life in such imaginative ways . A big thank you to all of them! 

‘All the facilitators have been brilliant. Staff (TAs who have stayed with the class) and the children have really enjoyed the days. They have linked to topics we requested and been flexible to fit in with routines and changes. Classroom management has been excellent and we will definitely continue to use Bigfoot.’ Sarah Shaw, St Joseph's Primary School 


What an incredible tailored day which fitted the needs of the class, presented in an engaging and interesting way! Roxy Mcnamara, Heathmere Primary School 
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Introduction to Shakespeare
Shakespeare Days
Students at Chevening St Botolphs CE Primary School recently had a great time on their 'Introduction to Shakespeare' Day: 

Jules introduced the theme brilliantly and enthused everyone; having been inspired by the day our students have now gone on to invent their own mythical creatures and written fabulous stories, as well as made their own costumes. 

How amazing! These programmes can be booked all year round, as hook days to start topics or at the end of topic to celebrate the children's learning - or anything in between! 
 
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Creative Residencies
Music PPA Cover 
Music facilitator Tom Chapman has been busy working with the Year 3 and 4 classes at Selsdon Primary School for their PPA Provision. So far they have written class songs from scratch, performed a symphony using sounds from their school and learned the basics of reading and playing from classical notation.

There is always lots of singing coming from the Selsdon music hut during Tom's sessions and the students have made full use of the wide array of instruments available to them!
What's in the news? 
Facilitator Blog post 
Our own West End leading lady! 
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One of our fantastic facilitators, Lisa, has written a brilliant blog post about her work with Chiswick School preparing students for their Arts Award. And not only that, she is also starring in the West End Hit The Kite Runner!
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School Funding Crisis
Save our Schools! 
At Bigfoot we have spent the past few months undertaking some painful reading as it becomes clear that the cuts promised to schools throughout the UK are indeed coming to fruition. 

Not only is this tragic news for companies such as ours that are already facing a huge lack of cultural arts funding in light of Brexit, but the absence of creative stimulation and experiences in schools, such as those with whom we work, will not fail to have an impact on children’s’ futures.

We must take action!
 
Recruitment 
Calling Music facilitators! 

Bigfoot Arts Education is currently recruiting for freelance music facilitators to join its ever increasing pool of arts professionals.

Successful applicants will be required to attend a practical recruitment session in London on 11th July. If selected to be part of the company then applicants will be required to attend a three day induction course on the 2nd - 4th July 2017. 

Transition Programmes
FREE Transition Resources
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At Bigfoot we have always been committed to supporting students through times of transition,, and to that end not only are we happy to signpost you to Teachwire’s TOP FIVE TIPS for secondary transition, we are also pleased to provide you with our own resource pages to be used in the classroom:

Finally, we would like to offer ALL schools 10% off any transition booking of  our Upwards & Onwards 1 hour play and/or Big Steps workshops, to take place in either June, July or September 2017.
About Bigfoot
In 2000 Bigfoot started out as a very small drama workshop company working in just a few schools. Today we are one of the UK’s largest independent arts education companies providing creative arts based learning to hundreds of schools across the country.
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