Case Study: The Pirate’s Challenge!

1st Apr 2018Case Studies, News

A one-form entry school in Bolton, Edgworth has a House system that encourages children of different ages to work and socialise together, developing relationships across year groups. So when they were planning a Maths Day where pupils would work in House groups rather than in their normal classes, they asked us if there was a … Read More

Case Study: The Bunker – Creative Maths Workshops

1st Feb 2018Case Studies, School Workshops

We know how important mathematical reasoning is – not just within the curriculum, but in real life too. So we set ourselves the challenge of designing a workshop that would give students of all ages a very different way of practising (and, crucially, extending) their reasoning skills. We discussed lots of potential approaches back at … Read More

Case Study: CSI: Storyland – Maths for EYFS

15th Sep 2017Case Studies, School Workshops

Many of our most popular programmes come about as a result of direct requests from schools and individual teachers. And CSI: Storyland is just such a case in point – with Servite Primary in London asking if we could develop a version of our successful CSI: Maths programmes for EYFS and KS1. This enchanting workshop … Read More

Case Study: Shaking up Shakespeare

1st Sep 2017Blog, Case Studies

Sadly, it is still very often the case that when students arrive in one of our Shakespeare workshops, the dread is written all over their faces! The fear that they won’t understand it or that it will be boring, or just plain irrelevant, is palpable. However, it is a challenge we relish and it doesn’t … Read More

Case Study: National Poetry Day 2017

1st Sep 2017Case Studies, School Workshops

National Poetry Day is one of our favourite days of the year – and the 2017 theme of “Freedom” chimes perfectly with our approach of introducing children and young people to poetic structures that actually give them more freedom, more stimuli and more motivation to write. Our popular workshops include Performance Poetry, SoundScape Poetry, Personification … Read More

Case Study: Science Skills – a whole-school experience

1st Sep 2017Case Studies

Specifically designed to interest all children and young people in science, this exciting and engaging workshop cements pupils’ understanding by harnessing a metaphor involving animals to illustrate our set of six Science Skills. Except that it’s the pupils who provide the illustrations – and in a robustly physical way, as we use drama techniques to … Read More

Case Study: Personification Poetry

11th Aug 2017Case Studies

Having delivered poetry workshops for West Derby School last summer term I was delighted to be asked back again this July to support the students in celebrating the school’s International Week. An average sized, boys’ secondary school, West Derby had chosen Nepal as the theme for their celebration in 2013 but this year, rather than … Read More

Case Study: Building a Geodesic Science Dome at St John Bosco

2nd Aug 2017Case Studies

St John Bosco is an Arts specialist college, so it is no surprise that they value arts activities and outcomes. Our geodesic domes are rather impressive both in structure and in size, so one can make a brilliant way to display work done by students, both individually and as a finished collaborative artwork in itself. … Read More