This workshop will provide skills-based training
with DNA Director, Rachel Riggs. DNA have successfully toured their early years
theatre performances, Ball Pond Bobby, Atishoo! and Chicken Licken to national
and international theatres and festivals.
Imaginary Leaps is a new early years initiative
investigating new approaches to bringing creative performing arts activities
into early years settings.
Working in partnership with each Early years
setting, Imaginary Leaps develops good practice methodologies in performing arts
activities for under 5’s, and aims to offer proven successful activities to
settings throughout the North West.
Imaginary Leaps is based upon current
understanding of creative learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage –
stimulating confidence and creativity in young minds, developing imaginative
activity and encouraging expression using puppetry and visual theatre
Rachel will work with participants to explore
playful approaches to learning environments, both for children and families,
- Using puppetry and other art forms as an
approach to creative learning with young children.
- Throwing away the script and opening up
possibilities for children’s play as the starting point.
- Exploring what different materials could
mean to different children, and how to transform every day objects.
- Identifying how different puppetry
techniques can be used to address different learning needs.
- Ideas for using materials, movement,
storytelling, puppetry and other arts with young children and families.
- Designing our own puppets or other materials
- Identifying what aspects of the Early Years
Foundation Stage curriculum can be addressed through this approach.
training session, very useful in our everyday work
and I feel much more confident using puppets in my sessions.’
‘Really enjoyed this course and would recommend to
other members of staff at work. "
Bookstart – Wigan libraries
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