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Windrush for schools trailer

If you would like to think about booking our online Black History Month video ......

Here's the link to the trailer on vimeo  https://vimeo.com/451534782
 

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Parenting in a Pandemic

Will families be able to repair a boat like this to escape to a new homeland? In a series of webinars for The Bright Start Foundation John Mee is to help parents prepare to make a fictional journey to an imaginary world with their children. A family friendly, easy to follow guide into the world of play in which mothers, fathers, grandparents, carers and family friends will be helped to make stories, invent characters, go on adventures, face dangers and celebrate their victories!
 
Following on from Parenting In A Pandemic John will be creating two masterclass webinars to be held online for education and arts workers in which he will examine drama’s impact in early childhood. 
 
In Drama in Early Years Settings John will explore ways into building drama together by examining features of the drama process and the processes that link drama and play using a number of video-clips of working with young children around themes such as Journeys.

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Tweets!

Our twitter feed is now live at the bottom of our home page. Hooray!

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Open air theatre in Leeds July 30

By invitation only because of social distancing we are able to invite groups of families with primary school children to our open air safely distanced storytelling on July 30. If you would like to be invited please contact us via aliveandkicking@ntlworld.com

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Windrush Day video now online!

Here's the links that will take you to the Windrush Day video  https://vimeo.com/430443822  and https://youtu.be/t-uVX7mGuwg

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Windrush day

Online on June 22, Windrush Day, Alive & Kicking’s Trish Cooke, award winning author and dramatist of Dominican heritage, will be reading an excerpt from her book, Mammy Sugar Falling Down, which tells the story of a young girl leaving her home in the Caribbean and coming to live in England. Watch the website and social media to see the links.

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A Rescue for Frederick The Fisherman

Stop Press! Frederick the Fisherman from Filey has been rescued from the clutches of The Blue Men of Bridlington by some of the youngest children from Chapel Allerton Primary School. Here's their poem ..
 

To the Blue Men Of Bridlington
 
At my dock on the beach in Filey
We won’t be using poison or potion but let him free please

To the blue men who live in the ocean
We won’t be using poison or potion
Our friend can’t survive under the sea
So we’re asking you to set him free
Just let you know 
You have to let him go!
Our jolly friend cannot swim
So do not do anything bad to him.
 
If you'd like to help Frederick email aliveandkicking@ntlworld.com

 

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Our donate button

Hi .... Our donate button is at the top of every page on our website. We'd be happy to have your support.

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Alive & Kicking Education Pack Resources - FREE

Welcome to Alive & Kicking Theatre’s web page.
 
Below are instructions on how to find, and passwords for, our education packs for a variety of productions we run in primary schools.
 
Next to each password is the year group for which it is aimed at but of course feel free to dip into any of them and use the materials as you see fit.
 
If something doesn’t make sense it’s probably because it relates directly to the specific production it has been design for (which you probably won't have seen), in which case either ignore it or get creative and invent something to fit. This may be most applicable to The Museum Of Untold Stories – but there’s loads of fun stuff there so give it a glance if you have time.
 
Largely the materials and lesson plans are literacy based but you will find science, art and other cross-curricular materials too.
 
If you are having trouble downloading them we can only apologise. I’m sure you’ll appreciate that at the moment our company, like every other, is juggling a lot and time is precious. If we can respond to people’s request for help we will but please understand if we don’t reply it’s not personal, it’s just not possible.
 
So, to find the resources, go to the top of the Home page and click on the pink tab labelled Teachers. This will take you straight to the resources page and you can just entre the password and download the zip files.
 
Passwords:
The Museum Of Untold Stories: moustail – Years 1 to 6
Gawain: greenbelt – Years 5 to 6
Granny’s Underground Garden: worzlum – Years 3 to 4
The Princess Who Couldn’t Play: Leonora – Years Reception, 1 and 2
A Genie Comes To School: opensesame – Years 1 to 2
Crowheart: briganti – Years 3 to 4
 
Finally, please feel free to share this information with parents, carers, grandparents and teachers, in short anyone who may be looking to educate, entertain or occupy children whilst schools are closed.
 
We wish everyone our very best. Stay well, follow the advice from health experts and also follow us on FB and Twitter for further info, links and creative ideas in the coming weeks.
 
Lots of love
Luke, John, Martin and Viv

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A visitor from Germany

Ida Ahrens from Germany writes:
 
"I was really grateful for the opportunity of gaining insight into the experience that Alive And Kicking has to offer. You can tell how experienced they are by the way they deal with kids and sudden changes of their plan. Even though I couldn't imagine what their work is, my expectations somehow got surpassed.

Within a very short time the pupils were able to adjust to the mindset of the century the story was set in and took over a new personality. Doing that, the company always made sure they didn't had to do things they didn't feel comfortable with, but encouraged them to try new things at the same time. 

What impressed me the most was the fact that the pupils really did turn into experts of their field by getting told they are and just using their imagination. I definitely got some inspiration from the experiences I made and will use them to shape my future career."
 
Thank you Ida.

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