The Creative Programme
Welcome to the creative programme!
This programme is usuallly assigned to the Wednesday School groups.
If you have been assigned a Wednesday School group, you should also have a calendar of activities.
You activities will take place during the second half of the morning (usually between 10h45 and 12h)
The activities you will be animating with your group will include:
1. Mini theatre plays
2. Creative projects
3. Some regular book-learning time too
Below, you will find details of the creative and theatre projects. Remember, this is your group and you know them the best! If you need to adapt, switch or change things completely.. please do so! And remember that you are not alone, get in touch if you need.
The aim: for the children to practise speaking English
You will have around 15 weeks to work on theatre projects (spread across the year in modules).
You may decide to do separate theatre projects for each module or you may decide to spread projects out across 2 or more modules. It really depends on your group. Our advice is to start with you first project, keep an open mind and then plan from there on.
Choosing your theatre projects
Via the link below, you will find some geat advice as well as a large selection of plays to choose from.
Here's how to proceed:
Look through the plays and make a short list
Let us know which ones you want printing out
Propose this selection to your group so that you can collectively decide which one is best
Practise the play and don't forget the warm up games as suggested in the text
Perform the play to another group at the school*
Film the preformance so that we can send it to the parents
*we can arrange for parents to come but it does tend to get a little complicated logistacally speaking!
Click here for theatre teaching advice and library of plays to choose from:
Finally, here are some game ideas to loosen up the actors!
The aim: for the children to be immersed in a creative, English-speaking environment so that they can learn English in a different context
You will have around 10 weeks to work on creative projects (spread across the year in modules).
There are 5 creative projects, each has its own designated pack of supplies at the venue.
According to a preset rota, you will have access to the pack at specific dates.
The craft projects are designed to cover 2 sessions:
1st session: read the storybook together and watch the teacher make the craft project
2nd session: make it yourself! By now, the children know what to do and after a quick reminder from you, they can proceed to create their own version of the craft project.
Some tips and advice
Always start to pack up at least 15 minutes before the end time
Assign duties to each child at the start of the session (papers on the floor, material etc) The teacher should not have to do all of the clearing up!! This is part of the process for the children.
Have some blank paper abd crayons on hand for those who finish earlier than the others
Here's how to proceed:
Before the day of the craft session
Watch the videos on how to make each craft project (coming soon..!)
Become familiar with the storybooks associated to each craft project
Check the project pack the week before to make sure there is everything you need
Read the storybook together
Show the group the finished craft project
Proceed to make the craft yourself with the group watching
Remember, we're learning English! Take every opportunity you can to get the group to repeat words associated to making the craft.
Remind the children of the process
Assign duties and make it official by writing the duty & name on the board each time
Help the children make their craft
Clean up 15 minutes before the end
Ensure you leav ethe room exactly as you found it
Regular book-learning time
The aim: to ensure the children are getting the most from their English manuals
Some week, you may well decide to continue lesson from the manual. This effectively elongates the book learning time into the second part of the Wednesday School morning.
Some tips and advice
Ensure you warn the group in advance that they will be contuning with the book so thatthey are not expecting a craft or play on that day.
Ensure you select units from the book that are ot too taxing for a full morning of concentration.