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

We hope you had a wonderful half-term break and are looking forward to the festive season! We had an amazing October; read below about some of the projects we have been delivering across the country, as well as details about upcoming programmes, news and information.

Enjoy!
 
DECEMBER CREATIVE DAYS - 10% NEWSLETTER OFFER

We are offering this exclusive discount on one day Creative Days (Supply and Hook Days) bookings in December. Quote NEWSLETTER10 when booking.

Read more below!
 
What have we got coming up?
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13th - 17th November 2017
Anti Bullying Week

We have been overwhelmed with the response to our programmes for Anti Bullying Week this year, and we are now fully booked for 13th - 17th November.

BUT we have now released some new dates and have extra availability 20th - 24th November, so do contact us if you would like to discuss booking a programme.

 

20th November 2017
Universal Children's Day
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Our British Values and UNC Rights of the Child assembly and workshop programme is available throughout the Autumn term in support of the United Nations Universal Children’s Day.

This special day is celebrated on 20th November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. 
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Thursday 7th December - Wednesday 20th December 2017
Hansel and Gretel
Meet the Hansel and Gretel production team, Joel, Sally, Molly and Lauren! They are hard at work behind the scenes making sure that this year’s pantomime is the best yet. Our choreographer Lauren says, 'the children's reactions are priceless - it's such a joyful end to the year!

We have a few slots remaining, so do get in touch if you would like to book a pantomime for your school.
 
 
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Buzz and Go Mantle! Creative Days
Christmas Hook and Supply Days

Our popular Buzz and Go Mantle! Creative Days are a great way to consolidate learning at the end of a topic. Year 3 classes from Bevendean Primary School in East Sussex recently experienced a Go Mantle day on The Stone Age in which they worked as archaeologists on a mysterious dig that led them to uncover a huge Stone Age settlement. Amazing, immersive learning!

Throughout December we are offering a special 10% discount on all Creative Days, so do contact us to make a booking.

What have we been up to?
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Programme Round Up
Black History Month 2017
It has been another fantastic and successful Black History Month this year as we celebrated with over 35 schools, delivering more than 50 inspiring workshops and assemblies.

Our enthusiastic Bigfoot facilitators have enabled young people to learn about Black History in an engaging and informative way through story telling and interactive workshops. We’ve had Bigfooters tour across schools to share the stories of what life was like aboard the Empire Windrush during the voyage to Tilbury in 1948 and breathe life into folk tales of old by embracing the influence of Indian, Chinese and African cultures present in the Caribbean countries of Trinidad and Guyana today.

We’ve had so much wonderful feedback from our Bigfoot schools who have engaged with our Black History Month programmes. This is why we love what we do! Click on the link below to read what the schools have said and see our photo gallery. We can't wait for next year!
Creative Residencies
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We have been thoroughly enjoying the Creative Residencies that we deliver weekly in schools across the country, such as these fantastic photos from the KS1 Creative Residency group at Stanley Crook Primary School in County Durham who have been exploring the Great Fire of London this term. The children love their Friday sessions so much it has even been renamed as ‘Bigfoot Friday' - how wonderful!

We have slots available to start new Residencies in January, so please do contact us if you would like to discuss how we could work with your school.

And look out for a special PPA programme round up in next month's newsletter!
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EYFS Storytelling Workshops
Story Tree Stories
Bigfooter Cheryl had a brilliant day last month at Clapham Manor Primary School in South London, delivering our much loved Story Tree Stories programme with Reception classes as part of their Black History Month celebrations.

They told us 'The sessions were excellently run, with outstanding behaviour management and all children were engaged throughout...both Reception teachers were delighted with the workshop! We are thrilled with such lovely feedback - well done Cheryl!

Our Story Tree Stories for EYFS are available throughout the year, please get in touch if you would like to make a booking.
 
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Creative Consultancies
Teacher INSET sessions
Bigfoot trainer Laura delivered a really successful INSET session for teachers with the David Ross Foundation last month.

The participants feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with one teacher telling us 'Laura was fantastic at the training session. As a non drama specialist I got a lot of great tools and skills from the day. This has left me with more confidence with teaching the subject'.

We are now taking bookings for start of term energising INSET's, so do get in touch to make a booking.
Performing Arts Workshops
Spotlight
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Bigfooters Sophie and Tam had a great day recently delivering Musical Theatre and Site Specific Performance Spotlight workshops at Emanuel School in Battersea. 

The school told us 'The programmes delivered are always pitched at the right level for the pupils being taught. The presenters are experienced working with children and can easily manage group behaviour, enabling the session to run smoothly'

Brilliant - we are really looking forward to our second round of workshops next month!
What's in the News?
Ticket prize giveaway
Cookies Review
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We recently announced that Sharron Preston was the lucky winner of our prize giveaway tp see the performance of Cookies, a play inspired by true stories of students. It follows seven teenagers dealing with the following current issues we are facing today; the effects of sexting, radicalisation, cyberbullying and our wider digital world.

This is part of the Cyberscene project, an initiative setup by the  Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust  and the children’s charity Kidscape whose mission is to prevent bullying and protect lives.

Click below to read Sharron's review!
 

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Bigfoot Training Day
Drama Games & Exercises Day

We still have places available for our popular Drama Games & Exercises Training Day on Monday 11th December.

This is a great chance for drama workshop leaders to get together in a safe environment and try out new games and exercises and explore different ways to facilitate those classics that we all know and love!

Contact us now to book a place

 
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Anti-bullying resources
Free Teacher Resources!

Throughout the year we like to offer teachers free downloadable resources linked to one of our major programmes. This term we are offering Anti-bullying resources for you print, photocopy and share these resources with your colleagues, copyright free!

This resource pack is filled with effective worksheets enabling students to explore how to deal with negative behaviour as well as understanding and celebrating differences.

 
Mailing List Prize Draw
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Don't forget our Autumn term mailing list prize draw - this term you can win a whole case of wine, just in time for Christmas!

In order to be in with a chance of winning, please sign up to receive our newsletter, and if you've already signed up - please tell your friends!
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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