Our workshops are available as in-person sessions, live streamed workshops or pre-recorded Maths packages - all of which are listed below.
Like many International Schools, we cover both primary and secondary ages, so we're able to work with you to put together an exciting and engaging programme lasting a number of days - which provides great value for money, of course. Our two week-long visits to the Learning Action Resource Network in Malaysia have seen us leading maths, science and literacy workshops designed to support the global igcse curriculum.
We have programmes specially developed to accommodate large numbers of children - so our two days with the Prague British School saw us working with everyone from Reception to Year 6 with a combination of The Pirate's Challenge and CSI: Tunes!
"Many thanks for your great workshops - everyone really enjoyed them!” (Prague British School, Czech Republic)
And we're able to tailor themes, style and tone to suit the different needs of different schools (with Denmark's International School of Billund, for example, we ensured that we chimed with the amazing Pedagogy of Play being jointly developed by the school, Lego and Harvard University's Project Zero).
We know, too, that many International Schools are characterised by their own creative approaches to CPD - so we're more than happy to complement workshops with pupils by providing sessions for teaching staff, too (which was one of our approaches at the British Embassy School Ankara) or, as we did in Billund, to plan and deliver structured CPD programmes lasting a day or longer.
As a result of the worldwide public health crisis, more and more schools are exploring the multifaceted benefits of outdoor learning. And with years of experience in this area behind us, we can design bespoke, experiential and meaningful CPD programmes, as we did for the British School Warsaw.
And, of course, we can take the sting out of planning, by putting suggested timetables for you, by giving you inclusive costings and by advising, as far as we're able, on taxes and tariffs. We'll bring all the required resources with us (and send practitioners without strong regional accents) - so all you'll normally need to provide will be children, pencils and a little bit of IT!
“Many thanks for the wonderful workshops. We in Petaling Jaya are absolute fans of As Creatives!” (Pathways International, Malaysia)
Whole School Maths: The Pirate's Challenge - Piratical fun with numbers and shapes! - (available live streamed and in-person)
Captain Morgan will be more than a little confused on arriving at school - because just a few hours beforehand this mathematical Pirate will have been on The Good Ship Mathematics, in the middle of the Caribbean! Swept to your school by a Time Tornado, the Captain will need the pupils’ help to get back to the right time and place. Are they up to the Challenge? And it’s a Challenge that will test their understanding of number, shape and direction to the max. Suitable for pupils EYFS - Y6 / P1 - P7
Whole-School Maths: The Riddle of the Sphinx - Making ‘measurement’ concrete in the pyramids! - (available live streamed and in-person)
Our resident archaeologist, Dr Colorado Smith, has returned from Egypt with some exciting news - he's now collected all the clues required to solve the age old Riddle of the Sphinx - and open the Inner Sanctum in the Valley of the Kings. But as he can't do it by himself, he's on the lookout for schools to help him!
Featuring opening and closing assemblies, workshops and in-class challenges, The Riddle of the Sphinx takes pupils through three stages of mathematical thinking: concrete, pictorial and abstract. And while there's a definite focus on "measurement", the programme covers a whole range of other areas - and can accommodate the whole of a two-form entry school in a single day! Suitable for pupils EYFS - Y6 / P1 - P7.
Whole School Maths: The Race into Space - Our most challenging programme, taking maths to the stars! - (available live streamed and in-person)
The search is on for Britain's next astronaut - and "Major Tom" wants your pupils' help in selecting the best person for the job. He's found six well-suited candidates, all with different qualifications - but it's up to you to decide which one will win The Race into Space!
After meeting the Major at an opening assembly, and being introduced to the would-be astronauts, each class will be issued with a Mission: to use their maths skills to rank the candidates on one of a number of qualities. Each Mission calls on pupils to demonstrate mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem-solving abilities - and is in line with National Curriculum objectives for their year group. The Major will be on hand to visit each classroom with some vital, additional information - and the programme ends with a second assembly in which each class reports back its findings and helps whittle the field down to just one: Britain's next astronaut.
This exciting and engaging workshop provides an ideal platform for one or two-form entry schools to enjoy a shared maths experience - and learn something about the science of space travel too!
Whole-School Maths: The Benefactor - Money-based maths fun! - (available live streamed and in-person)
Eccentric millionaire Benny Factor has amassed a fortune over the last few years – and it’s now time to give something back to a village that’s very close to his heart: Amberton. The trouble is, though, that with so many community groups within the village to choose from, he can’t quite decide how to carve his money up! And that’s where you come in, as your pupils help him draw up a series of budgets …
Featuring opening and closing assemblies, workshops and classroom-based challenges, The Benefactor provides children with a great opportunity to practise their understanding and skills with money in an engaging and entertaining context – and can cater for the whole of up to a two-form entry primary school in just a single day. Suitable for pupils EYFS - Y6 / P1 - P7.
Whole School Maths: Times’ Tables Trattoria - (available live streamed and in-person)
Through sheer head work, Trevi Times made his dream come true – by opening his own Italian restaurant, Times’ Tables Trattoria! But with his team of chefs wasting too much food (and spending too much money), that dream is on the verge of turning into a nightmare. If only there were some children who could use their knowledge and understanding of their times tables to help him keep his trattoria open …
Featuring opening and closing assemblies, workshops and in-class challenges, Times’ Tables Trattoria gives pupils opportunities to use their times tables in context – and see how they really count. The programmes has a clear focus on multiplication, division and commutative law – with problem solving to the fore, too! And Trevi is able to accommodate the whole of a two-form entry primary school in a single day.
CSI: Michaela Maths - Using a range of mathematical skills to solve a dastardly crime - (available live streamed and in-person)
Setting students the challenge of calculating which of six suspects tried to murder the country’s best woman football player. This workshop takes a “generalistic” approach to the maths curriculum and is available in differentiated formats across KS2, KS3 and KS4 / S1 - S5. Each workshop requires a minimum of an hour.
CSI: Bake Off - Using the fuel of fractions (and, for older pupils, percentages) to clear up some trouble in the kitchen - (available live streamed and in-person)
The baking world has been rocked to its core by an attempt on the life of one of the nation’s best known celebrity chefs. And students will have to use their knowledge of and skills with fractions, ratios and percentages to differentiate the innocent from the guilty. This workshop is available in differentiated formats across KS2, KS3 and KS4 / S1 - S5, with each workshop requiring a minimum of 75 minutes.
The Priorities Game - (available live streamed and in-person)
While the little village of Amberton has been hit hard by the public health crisis, change is in the air – as funding has been found for an important community initiative. It’s up to your students, though, to represent different interest groups – and work out exactly how the cash should be apportioned! This workshop is available in differentiated formats across KS3 and KS4 / S1 - S5, with each workshop requiring a minimum of 60 minutes.
The Bunker - (available live streamed and in-person)
The universal language that unites mathematicians all over the world is the language of patterns. This workshop explores that language by setting students the challenged of working their way through a series of increasingly complex codes, cracking them as they go along. This workshop is available in differentiated formats across KS3 and KS4 / S1 - S5, with each workshop requiring a minimum of 60 minutes.
“Lots of teachers have been trying out the activities you showed us - and the kids love them!” (Billund International School, Denmark)
Themed Maths Resource Packages
Available to purchase and download at www.ascreativesconnect.com
Available as individual packages or as part of a Bumper Bundle, consisting of any two of these, together with our unique Family Maths resource package!
The resources have been designed to allow teachers to take up the narrative and support their pupils in exploring the worlds we’ve created.
The Race into Space - The search is on for the UK's next astronaut – and Major Tom wants your pupils' help in selecting the best person for the job. He’s found six well-suited candidates, all with different qualifications – but it’s up to you to decide which one will win The Race into Space! (EYFS - Y6 / P1 - P7)
The Riddle of the Sphinx - Our resident archaeologist, Dr Colorado Smith, has returned from Egypt with some exciting news: she's now collected all the clues required to solve the age old Riddle of the Sphinx - and open the Inner Sanctum in the Valley of the Kings. But as she can't do it by herself, she's on the lookout for schools to use their understanding of concepts of “measurement” to help her! (EYFS - Y6 / P1 - P7)
The Benefactor - Eccentric millionaire Benny Factor has amassed a fortune over the last few years – and it’s now time to give something back to a village that’s very close to his heart: Amberton. The trouble is, though, that with so many community groups within the village to choose from, he can’t quite decide how to carve his money up! And that’s where you come in, as your pupils help him draw up a series of budgets. (EYFS - Y6 / P1 - P7)
Family Maths: Maths in Everyday Life – comprising a range of challenges for all the family, exploring ways in which we use maths all the time, without ever really thinking about it – and demonstrating just how easy it is to use almost any family activity as a springboard for a quick maths challenge.
Literacy workshops on offer include:
Collaborative Poetry - (available live streamed and in-person)
These workshops can last between 30 and 90-minutes, depending on the number of classes you would like to take part – and, as they can lead to poems on any subject of your choice, they provide a fantastic way of linking poetry to other areas of the curriculum! After exploring what makes a poem a poem, and the subject of theirs, pupils will be guided through an activity designed to support them in developing their ideas. Experimenting with rhyme and rhythm, they’ll then get the opportunity to write their own poems. Younger children will contribute to some collaborative poetry – with older pupils composing their own verses! And, for extra flexibility, workshops can be streamed into classrooms and/or pupils’ homes.
Poetry Assemblies for Schools - (available live streamed and in-person)
Assemblies are a great way, of course, of launching your National Poetry Day celebrations - and ours are guaranteed to create a real buzz about the wonder of words! So we're happy to lead whole-school poetry assemblies at the start of a day of any of our poetry workshops, sharing some of our favourite verses and providing opportunities for pupils to join in - and all at no extra cost!
Spotlight on Shakespeare - (available live streamed and in-person)
Our passion for Shakespeare shines through in our exciting and highly participatory workshops - suitable even for very young children. And, lending pupils our “actor’s eye view” of the plays, our workshops see them up on their feet, telling the story of your chosen play themselves, through a series of carefully structured drama activities. Never afraid to dive into the original text, we explore the backstories of Shakespeare’s characters, how those characters drive his plots - and how all the different elements join together.
Choose from …
Introducing Shakespeare: The ideal way for your students to begin to get to know both the man and his works, Introducing Shakespeare gives an actor's perspective on the writer and the writing
Spotlight on Shakespeare: This experiential and highly active workshop sees pupils being introduced to a number of drama activities and approaches as we take them right through the play, exploring the backstory, meeting the main characters and bringing key moments to life.
CSI: Reading Skills - (available live streamed and in-person)
Pupils who tell us they don’t like “reading” are always amazed when they realise quite how much skillful reading they’ve accomplished by the end of this fun and busy workshop. From inference and deduction to skimming and scanning, from previewing to predicting and from context to content, CSI: Reading Skills makes no bones in drawing connections between the everyday skills required to interpret infographics and play computer games and those required to delve into more formal texts.
Specifically designed to support pupils in making those connections between different ways of “reading”, CSI: Reading Skills sees them working in small teams to help out in a time of national emergency – because a briefcase containing some Top Secret plans was discovered on the 8.42 to Little Padworth, destined for an Enemy Power. The only clues to the identity of the traitor are to be found in a pile of old train tickets, recipe, book reviews and faded photographs. If “read” correctly, however, they’ll allow the pupils to discover who took the plans and why. KS1 pupils will travel to Storyland and use their reading skills to work out who it is that's been sending secret messages to the Big Bad Wolf!
A Visit from Bookman - (available live streamed and in-person)
Bryan Bukman is a contented librarian who, with the help of his friend Betty, can transform himself into homemade superhero Bookman – with the power to bring stories to life! Unfortunately, though, there’s just one blot on the landscape … The village grump, hates anything that sparks people’s imaginations – and that includes books! He’s managed to wipe Bookman’s memory clean of all the stories he knew and loved – which is causing no end of trouble. Bookman needs the children to help him begin rebuilding his memory … and regain his superpower! We can plan a timetable that allows up to 7 classes to take part in just one day!
Creative Approaches to Maths Teacher CPD
This popular session gives teachers an opportunity to explore a range of proven, highly engaging, creative methodologies for teaching and learning maths. Inviting participants to actively critique what we mean by both "creativity" and "maths", sessions explore ways of increasing motivation for and towards maths. All of the activities are absolutely transferable and include; exploring problem-solving, thematic and purposeful maths, independent carousels, physical maths games and maths through storytelling. We guarantee by the end of the session you’ll be able to apply them to any area of the maths curriculum!
Ways into Shakespeare Teacher CPD
Our Shakespeare CPD programmes have proved so popular that, for the third year running, we have been commissioned to create a Teachers' Resource by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, founders of the phenomenally successful Shakespeare Week. Our hands-on workshop gives you the chance to experience a range of Shakespeare activities that both link in perfectly with Shakespeare in the curriculum and extend horizons. All of the activities are designed to enrich your students’ understanding of character, language, narrative and text. None of them require any resources – and they’ll all work, not just with any of the plays in the canon, but with any age group too!
If you would like to find out more please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 151 708 8886.
See our Workshops in Action!
This has been As Creatives' fifth visit to an International School, following two trips to Malaysia and one each to Denmark and the Czech Republic. So while all these schools have followed a broadly British curriculum, we've now gained a good knowledge and understanding of both the similarities and differences between approaches to maths in these schools and those back at home.