“for the wisdom inside the child”
We offer 2 packages for children in schools; Life and Social Skills and Play Ambassadors.
Life and Social Skills
One off or block (6 weekly for example) workshops for children and young people using drama activities and talking as a tool for developing self-esteem and confidence.
For some children, school life can be challenging, or overwhelming. These sessions are designed to support children to make the most of their time at school by giving them space to reflect and interact in a different context. Workshops are tailored to the specific needs of the members of each group (for example children with attention or behaviour challenges; children who find it hard to integrate or are shy; children with ESOL).
Using a series of games and drama-based exercises, these workshops focus on different themes relevant to children and young people’s lives; offering them a safe space to explore and express their feelings about important and every day events in their lives. Themes can include: Coping with Conflict, Communication, Bullying, Emotional Health, Exploring Status. Themes will be explored through discussion, improvisation, storytelling, vocal exercises, movement and games.
The workshops are designed to be fun, challenging and thought provoking; the skills that participants develop are naturally transferable social skills, such as listening, co-operating and supporting others, self and spacial awareness. This can also impact positively on their interactions in the classroom and the outside world, thus boosting self-esteem and confidence.
Workshops can be tailored in length, to fit in with school lesson times.
The sessions can run in blocks (e.g. 6 weeks or a term), enabling several groups to participate over the course of a school year and ensuring that pupils do not miss out on a substantial amount of school work. Alternatively, they can be run on a longer term basis if felt to be appropriate by the referrers.
Workshops are most appropriate for small groups (maximum 6 -8 ).
Peer to Peer support using the power of play.
For many children, playtime is a coveted time of the school day, but for some, the unstructured nature of playtime can be daunting.
Our Play Ambassadors programme works with up to 8 pupils from older year groups, training them to plan and deliver structured play activities during break and/or lunch time to children from the younger year groups over the course of 6 weeks.
Having older peers organise games during playtime can support emotional growth and teach valuable life skills for the older and younger children taking part. Participants will experience the rich and transferable skill set that Play can offer; providing an opportunity for both facilitators and participants to benefit from mutual support, cooperation, learning – and fun!
We will work with the Play Ambassadors once per week for 6 consecutive weeks, planning, de-briefing and training, exploring facilitation skills and different elements of play.
The programme will make use of creative arts and explore/encourage many skills which fit in with Citizenship/PHSE agenda such as:
• Encouraging Emotional Literacy (EQ)
• Social Responsibility (fairness, cooperation, working together for a greater good)
• Moral Identity
• Taking an interest in Community
• Supporting others
• Communication Skills
• Organisation & Negotiation skills
• Confidence Building
• Presentation Skills.