Key Stage One Workshops

 
Welcome to Ignite Lights’ home for all things Key Stage One. Young children have boundless imagination and a great capacity to learn through creative experience. Ignite Lights workshops tap into these abilities and aim to broaden your class’s horizons through sensory learning. Whether you’re looking for topic starters, creative writing boosters or an activity to mark a special date, Ignite Lights will make sure your experience is memorable. Many workshops also come with follow-up lesson plans and resources to lighten your workload a little. Ignite Lights also offer term sets of workshops for PPA cover at special rates. If the workshop you’re looking for isn’t listed below, please contact us to discuss personalised workshops.
 
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History
 
Ignite Lights history workshops are carefully researched down to the last detail and delivered by a qualified teacher with a first-class honours degree in history and experience of working with children in the heritage sector. Workshops include living history 'dress and do' sessions with authentic costume and re-enactment activities, 'mantle of the expert' sessions in which children enjoy a fast-paced interactive introduction, then apply their new-found knowledge to solve a real-life problem or re-create a historic scene, and object exploration sessions inviting children to handle authentic historic artefacts. Each workshop is designed to inspire interest and develop a sophisticated understanding of the subject in line with curriculum guidelines as well as to expand children's skill-set of methods of creating history.
 
London's Burning
    
Discover how it might have felt to experience the Great Fire of London in 1666. Handle artefacts relevant to the Fire and learn how different fire-fighting was in the days before the fire service existed, when houses were wooden, streets were narrow and building regulations were non-existent. Work as a team to create a short piece of theatre about the Fire and become town-planners as you rebuild London according to your own ideals.
Full-day workshop with possible performance outcome for up to 30 children.
Explore the Victorians
    
Who was Queen Victoria? What happened in the 63 years of her reign? What was it really like to live and work in the Victorian era? This workshop answers these questions and more, with an interactive timeline, a plethora of artefacts to handle and explore and an encounter with a strict Victorian governess. A great workshop to start off your Victorian topic.
Full or half-day workshop for up to 30 children.
From the Lady with the Lamp to the Angel on the Front Line: Nurses in War
    
Florence Nightingale, the 'Lady with the Lamp' and Edith Cavell with her band of 'Angels' are revered today for their caring but no-nonsense attitudes. But what was it really like, out at the edge of the battlefields, with no modern surgical or nursing equipment, dealing with casualties suffering from wounds inflicted by entirely new weaponry? Take a crash course in nursing from Florence and Edith and learn about the methods these enterprising women used to help and heal the men in their care as well as the leap in medical advancement between the two.
Full-day workshop with sharing opportunity for up to 30 children.
Long Live the Queen
    
Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II: the longest reigning queens in English/UK history. What have their reigns meant for these three queens and their subjects? Explore the major inventions and examples of progress occurring during the reigns of each of these monarchs and try the fashions of each era, all heavily influenced by the reigning queens. Create picturesque tableaux identifying comparative key moments during each reign, then expand the snapshots into miniature plays, connecting closely with the continuity of key events through time.
Half-day workshop with sharing opportunity for up to 30 children.
Sail the Seven Seas and Fly Me to the Moon
    
Experience the realities of pioneering sailors in the 15th Century: cross the Atlantic ocean and step onto the shores of 'West India' as Christopher Columbus and crew. Use contemporary sailing equipment, discover the foods sailors had to eat and the clothes in which they had to work and how on earth they managed to get from A to B. Then fast forward nearly 500 years to compare this experience to that of Neil Armstrong on his legendary moon landing. What different kinds of equipment and technology were used? How had travelling food changed? What specialist clothes did Armstrong and his team need to wear? This workshop highlights the continuity and change between these iconic explorations.
Half-day workshop with sharing opportunity for up to 30 children.
Back to the Future
 
So much has happened over the last fifty years that sometimes it seems as though we're living in the future! This workshop embraces the changes to technology, culture and fashion which have happened in living memory, exploring the changes to day-to-day life affecting us, our parents and our grandparents. Investigate early technology through object handling, role play a day in the life of the average man and woman living in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties and take part in a fashion show exploring the origins of the modern clothing industry in a workshop which will get the children talking and the adults reminiscing!
 
Topic
 
Topic lessons are an exciting opportunity for children to discover new interests and passions: at Ignite Lights, we strive to give children the best possible introduction to your chosen topic. Our sessions use the five senses to engage all children from the outset, exciting props, objects and costume to bring the topic to life, and interactive problems to solve, ensuring learning is embedded and used in ways which broaden understanding and develop topic-specific skills. Workshops run for half or full days or, if you're looking for something more substantial, many can be arranged to act as weekly PPA cover for a half or full term with a range of written, crafted, theatrical and team-devised outcomes. All sessions are delivered by a qualified teacher with comprehensive theatre and art experience.
 
Digging for Dinosaurs: Palaeontology Fantastic Finds
    
Learn about the art of digging for fossils before exploring trenches to discover important palaeontological finds: from ammonites and brachiopods to dinosaur bones and insect-filled amber, there's a find to amaze and inspire every child. Place your finds in a contextual timeline, sketch and describe them like a real palaeontologist, then create your very own walk-in museum experience. Round off your exciting day with some fun dinosaur-based games, ensuring your class will remember the experience fondly.
Half-day workshop with sharing opportunity for up to 30 children.
I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
    
Put on your sun hats and pack up your picnic because we're going to the beach! Explore the lives and eco-systems of seaside creatures through theatrical structured play, investigate the geological formation of different seaside points using sensory drama and discover the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the beach in a cross-curricular session tying STEM and English into this fun topic.
Half-day workshop for up to 30 children.
Once Upon a Time...
    
...In a land far, far away, there was a gigantic, mysterious stone castle. Who lived in the castle? What was their story? Work together as a class, using props and learning storytelling skills, to tell a fairytale with a twist. Meet dragons, faries and princesses as you explore and subvert the traditional tropes of the fairytale and develop your writing skills with this magical workshop combining English and theatre with a deliciously dreamy topic. 
Full or Half-day workshop for up to 30 children.
Mini-beasts: Maxi-fun!
 
Embark upon an exciting adventure through the undergrowth and explore some of the most overlooked parts of planet Earth. Burrow beneath topsoil, scuttle into the nooks and crannies of damp rock deposits and span the distance between tropical treetops, using storytelling, physical theatre and puppetry to bring the versatile world of invertebrates to life. Understand key terms: endo/exo-skeleton, insects, arachnids, myriapods and crustaceans, through dramatic play, picking up drama skills on the way.
Half-day workshop for up to 30 children.
Poles Apart: Exploring the Ice
 
You'll be amazed as you're transported to the icy extremes of planet Earth with sensory theatre. Explore both the South and North Poles and the flora and fauna which manages to make a life in the extreme conditions found there. From emperor penguins to arctic foxes, polar bears to ptarmigans, Scott and Oates' gruelling Antarctic exploration to Captain Sir John Franklin's tragic trip to find the North-West Passage, use poetry and scripted theatre to build a compelling narrative bringing life in the frozen wilderness to life.
Full-day workshop with performance outcome for up to 30 children.
 
Theatre
  
From inception to performance, participating in theatre and drama is immensely beneficial to children's social, emotional and intellectual development. Engaging actively with theatre has been proven to enable children to perform at a higher level, both in related subjects (fluency of expression and imagination in English and the humanities) and in seemingly unrelated subjects (resilience and resourcefulness in mathematical problem-solving). Drama helps to enhance collaborative abilities, enabling greater class cohesion so if your class struggles to connect, why not help them to bond with a shared experience they'll never forget? If your class already work well together, try maximising that connection by extending their social skills with one of our more advanced workshops. All theatre workshops are devised and delivered with enthusiasm and expertise by a qualified teacher with over ten years' experience of working in professional theatres, writing, directing, acting and designing with and for young people. All of the workshops below are also available as longer units covering a half or full term, with the potential for all children to complete an Arts Award Discover unit and receive certification.
Phantasmagorical Puppetry
 
From Japanese Bunraku and Chinese Shadow Puppetry to the Muppets and Punch & Judy, puppetry is intricately woven into Eastern and Western culture alike. Step back in time to discover the long history of this mysterious art form, and work with marionette, rod and hand puppets as well as experimenting with shadow and sound, to create an enchanting series of mini-performances. Learn the differences between varying forms of puppetry and enjoy experimenting with creating characters, structuring scenes and building settings, augmenting literacy skills without even realising it! Take the first steps in a lifetime’s journey to becoming a puppeteer and increase your focus, team communication abilities and motor skills. 
Full day workshop with performance outcome for up to 30 children.
Sensational Shakespeare
 
Who was the Bard? Why is he still the most popular playwright in the world, four hundred years after his death? What do his words mean to us today? Learn the answers to these questions and more in Ignite Lights' introduction to Shakespeare. Designed especially for KS1, this workshop places Shakespeare in his cultural and historical context using interactive props before exploring his most important works through sensory drama. Literacy comprehension links and elocution games are just a bonus! Ramble through a certain wood in midsummer, to find the bank where the wild thyme grows, battle through the streets of fair Verona, try and try to finally get that damned spot out and much, much more!
Full day workshop with performance outcome for up to 30 children.
Delightful Devising
 
What on earth is devised theatre? Discover the imaginative process of constructing a performance as you learn improvisation skills, then use high level thinking to evaluate and refine your initial ideas into a carefully crafted piece of theatre which is entirely yours. Build a piece of theatre connected to a school topic, current event or social issue and discover famous practitioners, from Brecht to Artaud, whose insightful ideas altered the way we make theatre today. Fuse their concepts into your own imaginative designs to create the theatre of the future. This woorkshop runs as a 'Play in a Day' full day session or, for a truly fantastic performance and in-depth exploration of theatre practitioners and methods, can be run as PPA cover for a half term.
Workshop with performance outcome for up to 30 children.
Mysterious Masks
 
Learn the basic tenets of mask-work and work on building character through physicality, using your body to create mood and convey a sense of personality. Specify the starting point for your piece of theatre, or select from our comprehensive lists, many with bespoke masks and movement sequences to engage with. Discover the exciting history of masked theatre and trace the narrow line between dance and physical theatre. This course is great for children in G&T or SEND groups, children with emotional or behavioural difficulties and children new to English.
Workshop with performance outcome for up to 30 children.

Around the World with Mouse and Me

 

Mouse is spring cleaning, and tidying his clothes away but – UH-OH! He can’t find his mitten! Travel with him across three continents as he searches for his lost glove, in this charming multi-sensory workshop in poetry, puppetry, geography and imagination. A participatory story, The Mouse and his Mitten enables children to explore the geographical features of other countries at the same time as introducing them to figurative language and poetic structures. This imaginative session is available as a single half-day taster workshop exploring one region, or as a half-term run of half-day workshops, suitable for covering PPA time, and includes five curriculum-linked lesson plans and resources which link to the sessions to save you much needed time.

 
PSHCE
 
Emotional and social education is imperative to a young person growing up in contemporary Britain. We have no idea what today's children will face in tomorrow's world, but we do know that if we enable them to think compassionately, reject prejudice and understand difference, they can help to turn tomorrow into a better day for everyone. At Ignite Lights, we believe passionately in equality and rights for all. Children are never too young to begin an exciting journey into a world full of possibilities, a world where people understand the impact of emotional health and wellbeing. PSHCE workshops are delivered by a qualified teacher experienced in the issues covered. Workshops are available as hour-long interactive assemblies (minimum booking: 3 consecutive hours), half-day workshops or choose a selection of topics as PPA cover for a half or full term.

Asylum: Seeking Refuge

 

Explore the important current issue of immigration with this sensitive workshop. What is the difference between refugees and asylum seekers? What is it like to be forced to leave your home behind, and why do our countries have borders in the first place? Connect with the concept of refuge through the use of physical theatre and performance poetry in a programme which covers the hot citizenship topic of British values as well as PSHE links with bullying and segregation/inclusion. 

What is Disability?

 

What does disability look like? Can we always tell when someone is disabled? What rights do disabled people have? Did you know that there are 9.4 million disabled people living in the UK, but only 8% of those people use wheelchairs. Would you know how to respond if someone told you they had an invisible disability? 65% of people admit they avoid disabled people because they don't know how to act around them. This workshop provides an illuminating look at life with impairments and social inclusion, led by a person with disabilities. Activities are multi-sensory and inclusive: characters are introduced through storytelling and children are invited to explore concepts in a safe environment.
Road Safety
 
There are more cars on the roads than ever before so it has never been more important to Stop, Look and Listen! Ignite Lights' interactive storytelling workshop enables children to think carefully about how to act around traffic by allowing them to act out potentially dangerous scenarios in a safe space, discuss the consequences of poor choices around traffic, and subsequently enact safe strategies for walking and playing in areas where traffic might appear. The immersive nature of the workshop, alongside a preliminary talk, enables children to effectively internalise and embed the knowledge for a greater chance of safe choices.
 
English
 
English is important to every aspect of our lives, but how can we bring it to life? We offer exciting writing workshops, fun comprehension activities and even bespoke drama-days based on your class text. Ignite Lights' English workshops are created and delivered by a qualified teacher with a first class degree in the subject, plus professional experience writing for children's theatre, education environments and poetry. 
Seasonal Scribbles
 
Enlarge vocabularies and inspire engagement with the change of the seasons with this interactive writing workshop. Your class will collaborate, learning team-writing skills and honing linguistic control, to create a group poetry performance taking inspiration from the current season.
A half-day workshop for up to 30 children.

Myths and Legends: Is This The Real Life?

 

Or is this just fantasy? Explore the wide realms of the imagination, from faerie to Norse mythology, King Arthur’s Bryton to Aboriginal Dreamtime, journey through mythical lands and learn how to create your own, complete with characters and history. This writing workshop encourages children to develop their breadth as writers, allowing imagination to run free. Children work in small teams to create their own myth using drama, then draw and write their stories. The session also focuses on inter-disciplinary learning, using history, R.E. and P.S.E learning points to enable children to develop emotionally as well as intellectually, as they consider other cultures and ways in which stereotypes can be harmful.

It's Easy as One, Two, Three: Story Structure and Characterisation

 

Work in groups with the 1-2-3 of story writing: character, plot and setting, to create a speedy snapshot story. Enjoy the fast-paced fun of creating characters using the 'character-bot', complete with props and partial costume, then move on to building an exciting setting to match or contrast your characters. Discover what an 'inciting incident' is, and play with various incidents to discover how your characters behave. Use theatre devising skills to build your story, then set it out in your very own book.

Available as a half-term PPA cover, or as a full-day workshop in a shortened format.

Snazzy Sonnets and Hilarious Haikus

 

What is a poem? How does poetry differ from other written and spoken interpretations of the world? Challenge your preconceptions as you journey through the history of poetry from Greek Epics, Saxon Sagas and Viking Lays to modern beat poetry, found verses and Caribbean protest poetry. Children will make links between history and language, understanding the intricate relationship between the poet and their contemporary culture. They will explore a wide range of poetry styles, identifying characteristics, differences and similarities, engaging with famous poems before creating their own.

Full-day workshop or half term PPA cover with potential performance and/or an anthology.

 
Special Occasions
 
From Easter to Eid, Poetry Day to Book Week, Disability Awareness Week to Refugee Week, our calendars are bursting with significant celebrations, notable events and important causes to support. As a teacher, it's almost impossible to research and resource exciting, interactive activities for each event. Enter Ignite Lights! We have worked extensively to provide you with fun-filled, thought-provoking workshops for all those calendar-specific learning opportunities, putting in the work so that you can relax and enjoy the bonding experience with your class or just catch up with your marking! Many workshops involve object-handling, theatre, interactive storytelling and artwork, writing or performance material to take away/use as part of a display. Although every care has been taken to place each occasion in the correct half term block, due to fluctuating term dates and inconsistencies in continuity, special dates may slip into the wrong box. Of course, any of these workshops are available at any time.
All occasions workshops run for half a day for up to 30 children unless stated otherwise.

Autumn One

 

 

International Literacy Day

 

What does it mean to be literate? Discover some of the issues and disadvantages faced by people with low literacy levels both in the UK and in the developing world through role play with props, then enjoy an interactive storytelling session with traditional tales from different continents, highlighting the wonderful world we can access using literacy skills, and inspiring children to want to read for both learning and enjoyment.

 

International Day of Peace

 

A SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) based session, this workshop explores the concepts of war and peace using scripted and devised theatre alongside poetry and movement to enable children to engage safely and empathetically with the impact of war on families, cities, economies and the natural world. What does peace mean for us? Can people exist together peacefully? Why do we find it so hard to spread peace? Find your own answers to these questions as you consider the small, everyday ways in which we can live peacefully

 

Black History Month

 

Hone your research skills, learn how to reconstruct the histories of marginalised groups and learn about the lives of several notable people of colour in British history in a workshop which highlights the necessity of writing silenced people back into history. Incorporating cross-curricular links, from British values and STEM links to history, English and art, this workshop embraces and celebrates the unsung movers and shakers from 2000 years of black British history - discover the impact people of colour have made on Britain from the days of the Romans through the industrial ages and the dawn of modern medicine, to today.

 

National Poetry Day

 

Learn about different types of poems and experiment with performing poetry using theatre techniques before writing and performing your own class poem on a topic of your choice or on the year's theme (messages: 2016). Enjoy an interactive performance of your workshop leader's own poetry for children and gain a working understanding of rhetorical techniques useful for poetry.

 

World Mental Health Day

 

Mental health is unarguably important and in these hectic, stress-filled days, it's more important than ever for children to be able to face the world armed with a full arsenal of wellbeing strategies. Learn about the prevalence of mental health problems faced by people through statistics and case studies before discussing the source of some mental health issues and trying out some calming, fun strategies for warding off stress and negative thoughts.

 

Hallowe'en

 

Discover the origins of the spookiest of cultural holidays, before teaming up to write and tell your own ghost stories around a campfire (no real flames) with real marshmallows! Use costume and props to bring your stories to life and learn about the role of the narrator in storytelling as well as how to build dramatic tension using voice, movement and musical instruments in this multi-arts workshop.

 

Autumn Two

 

Anti-Bullying Week

 

What is bullying? Why do some people turn to bullying? How can we protect ourselves from bullies? Gain valuable insight into the mind of a bully and useful strategies to prevent bullying in this SEAL based workshop. Discover valuable statistics and case histories with a brief interactive breakdown of bullying in schools complete with a working definition devised together, then explore what physical, emotional and cyber bullying might look and feel like as well as how to deal effectively with the fallout, using safe spaces drama techniques.

 

Guy Fawkes Night

 

Remember, remember the 5th of November...Who on earth was Guy Fawkes, and why do we celebrate his failed plot with fireworks and bonfires?! Travel back in history to the cellars beneath the Houses of Parliament to get into the mind of the notorious gunpowder plotter, trace the separate history of the firework and then join the two together to create a performance with a pop!

 

Remembrance Day

 

A hundred years on from the Great War which took so many lives, we still gather every year on this special day to remember in silence and cover the cold earth in bright poppies. Participate in the stories of soldiers, medics, airforce and navy, learning about the sacrifices made so that we can live in comfort, before making a creative response using visual arts and poetry, suitable for display purposes.

 

Road Safety Week

 

There are more cars on the roads than ever before so it has never been more important to Stop, Look and Listen! Ignite Lights' interactive storytelling workshop enables children to think carefully about how to act around traffic by allowing them to act out potentially dangerous scenarios in a safe space, discuss the consequences of poor choices around traffic, and subsequently enact safe strategies for walking and playing in areas where traffic might appear. The immersive nature of the workshop, alongside a preliminary talk, enables children to effectively internalise and embed the knowledge for a greater chance of safe choices.

 

St Andrew's Day

 

Discover the reason Scotland's flag displays a saltire cross (x rather than +), learn and re-enact some of the legends surrounding St. Andrew, the oldest patron saint of the UK, and then immerse yourselves in Scottish culture in this cross-curricular workshop spanning history, religious education and British values.

 

Diwali

 

Discover the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights: go on a whirlwind tour through the five days of Hindu Diwali, with traditional costume, amazing objects and of course, the stars of the show: the lights. Diwali is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, light over dark - explore the relationship between the two over the course of the workshop. Celebrate this joyous event with an exciting Hindu dance, then find yourselves relaxed and calmed as we experience the meaning of Diwali for Jainism: the attainment of Nirvana for the Jain Tirthankara. Find your own inner light in the candle you hold and enjoy a short meditation session to balance out the excitement of celebration.

 

International Day for Disabled People

 

What does disability look like? Can we always tell when someone is disabled? What rights do disabled people have? Did you know that there are 9.4 million disabled people living in the UK, but only 8% of those people use wheelchairs. Would you know how to respond if someone told you they had an invisible disability? 65% of people admit they avoid disabled people because they don't know how to act around them. This workshop provides an illuminating look at life with impairments and social inclusion, led by a person with disabilities. Activities are multi-sensory and inclusive: characters are introduced through storytelling and children are invited to explore concepts in a safe environment.

 

Winter Solstice

 

Discover the mysterious festivals held on the Winter Solstice, the day which marks the turning point when the days cease to get shorter and we know we can begin to look forward to long evenings again. From Jul to Saturnalia, explore the ancient celebrations which took place on this important day and the cultures which created them. Take part in the telling of a Pagan legend, then create your own myth to welcome the longer evenings back! 

 

Hanukkah

 

Celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights in style with traditional Jewish song and dance, lighting the Menorah, and playing the Dreidel game with your own hand-crafted dreidels. Learn the story of the Maccabee, explore the miracle of the oil and enjoy the ingenious tale of Judith and Holofernes. Who knows - by the end of the day, children might even be ready to reinstate the Jewish tradition of giving 'gelt', or monetary gifts, to their teachers as an expression of gratitude on Hanukkah!!

 

Christmas

 

Why do we bring trees into our houses at Christmas? How long have we been roasting turkeys for dinner on the 25th? How did Henry VIII celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, and how different was it to winter celebrations a thousand years before? Take a trip to Christmas past and explore some of the weird and wonderful British Christmas traditions of the past 2000 years, from secret Roman celebrations to Christmas rations. There are songs to be sung, crafts to be made and occasionally celebratory heads to be chopped in this whirlwind workshop. And of course, there's the obligatory partridge in a pear tree...

 

Spring One

 

National Storytelling Week

 

Storytelling is a huge part of being human - our earliest societies used stories to pass on information before writing existed and some cultures still follow this oral tradition today. Explore the myths and legends which have shaped our own culture before learning how to shape and perform your own story as you take on the role of storyteller, learning how vocal tone, gesture and facial expression, as well as your words, can influence and entrance your audience. 

 

Chinese New Year

 

Are you a monkey, a rat, or even a dragon? Learn the rules behind the Chinese zodiac and the meanings of the different animals, elements and colours. Then get ready for the year of the Red Fire Rooster (2017) and explore the wonderful tradition of Chinese New Year using dance, puppetry, music and object handling.

 

Burns Night

 

Discover who the poet Robert 'Rabbie' Burns was, what he means to Scots, and why the Scots celebrate him on this day of revelry and spoken word. Prepare an authentic Scottish feast (not edible) and write your own toasts, poems and tales in the style of traditional Burns revellers, then sit down to re-enact your very own Burns Supper.

 

St. Valentine's Day

 

Who was St. Valentine? Why has his name become synonymous with the celebration of love? Take part in an interactive storytelling session exploring the life and times of St. Valentine, from secret marriage rites to legendary healing from his prison cell, before learning how the patron saint of lovers became the patron of one of the most commercial holidays around! Finish by having a go at writing your own love poem and decorating it  with Valentine's symbols.

 

Spring Two

 

St. David's Day

 

Learn all about the patron saint of Wales in this British Values workshop. Engage with life in an early British monastery using costume and interactive objects, discover how St David is connected with the Welsh adopting the leek as a national symbol, then participate in a traditional Welsh craft session with song and dance on the side!

 

World Book Day

 

Did you ever think about how books are made? Take part in the book-making process from initial concept, right through to publication, and make your very own set of class books to keep and cherish. Learn how important books are to our culture, and how changes in book-making over the past thousand years have made books and reading more accessible for ordinary people, and finish the day with a cosy storytelling session.

Half or full-day workshop.

 

International Women's Day

 

Who rules the world? Girls?? Not yet... Learn about notable women throughout world history and how their achievements were often overshadowed by those of contemporary men. Play games which emphasise the disparity between women's and men's rights, pay and cultural capital and write your own pledge for gender equality to keep and display.

 

National Science and Engineering Week

 

From astrophysics to zymurgy, we've got you covered this NSEW: enter the weird and wacky world of science and try out a multitude of STEM related careers, from archaeology and forensic science to pharmaceuticals and zoology, let us be your A-Z of all things STEM. (This workshop comes complete with follow up lesson plans and activities.)

 

Commonwealth Day

 

What is the Commonwealth? From Botswana to Barbados, Belize to Bangladesh, the Commonwealth traces the history of an empire where the sun never set. Enjoy a day of cultural variety: costume from the four corners of the earth, dances, songs and world theatre: this workshop is a celebration of the incredible diversity of the 53 countries which make up the Commonwealth. Learn what binds these countries, large and small, rich and poor, together, and how countries can benefit from equal cooperation.

 

St. Patrick's Day

 

What do you know about St. Patrick? No, he's not the patron saint of alcohol! Recent commercialisation of Ireland's patron saint has resulted in the sad loss of the legend surrounding this figurehead: reclaim St. Patrick in your school today, and learn about the apostle's amazing life, including his capture by pirates as a young boy! Discover the richness and beauty of Ireland too - St. Patrick's Day isn't all about the saint himself - in Ireland, the day is a cultural celebration of Ireland's amazing heritage.

 

World Storytelling Day

 

Why do we tell stories? Oral storytelling enables members of a culture or society to understand their shared roots and values as well as allowing developing children learn to articulate simple and complex ideas eloquently. Join together to enjoy traditional stories from around the world: participate in an Aboriginal Australian Dreamtime telling, be inspired by the adventures of African heroes and heroines, step into the world of Native American Indian tribal stories and follow the myths and legends which have made Britons what we are today. Use music, costume and props to bring these exciting stories to life.

Half or full day workshop.

 

World Poetry Day

 

What is a poem? How does poetry differ from other written and spoken interpretations of the world? Challenge your preconceptions as you journey through the history of poetry from Greek Epics, Saxon Sagas and Viking Lays to modern beat poetry, found verses and Caribbean protest poetry. Children will make links between history and language, understanding the intricate relationship between the poet and their contemporary culture. They will explore a wide range of poetry styles, identifying characteristics, differences and similarities, engaging with famous poems before creating their own.

Half or full day workshop.

 

World Theatre Day

 

Step behind the scenes to discover the inspiring nature of theatre, from improv and devising to scripted work, puppetry and mask work. An introduction to the most magical of mediums, this workshop is a fun-packed whistlestop tour through the sparkle and illusion of theatre to find the essence, the moment that makes the audience gasp in wonder. Watch your class blossom as they find joy in new modes of expression and learn something about themselves in the process.

Half or full day workshop.

 

Easter

 

Why Before British Christians celebrated the resurrection of Christ at Easter, Ancient Britons celebrated Eostre, the harbinger of Spring and new life. Learn her story and discover the scraps of her legacy which remain in the way we celebrate this holiday today, including a certain bunny and some brightly coloured eggs! This workshop includes storytelling, music, craft and lots of fun!

Summer One

 

St. George's Day

 

What do you know about St. George? England's patron saint is famous for slaying a terrible dragon to save a beautiful maiden, displaying the very British virtues of chivalry and gallantry. But what can we learn about the real man, a Roman soldier from Turkey, beheaded in Palestine after pleading for the Roman Emperor Diocletian to spare the lives of persecuted Christians.Discover how real events can be distorted into exciting myth and legend, and have a go at creating your own allegorical story incorporating the best and worst of English culture. 

 

Shakespeare's Birthday

 

Are you ready to celebrate the bard's birthday? Who was the Bard? Why is he still the most popular playwright in the world, four hundred years after his death? What do his words mean to us today? Learn the answers to these questions and more in Ignite Lights' introduction to Shakespeare. Designed especially for KS1, this workshop places Shakespeare in his cultural and historical context using interactive props before exploring his most important works through sensory drama. Literacy comprehension links and elocution games are just a bonus! Ramble through a certain wood in midsummer, to find the bank where the wild thyme grows, battle through the streets of fair Verona, try and try to finally get that damned spot out and much, much more!

 

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

 

A FREE (to schools in the Leeds area, available to other schools at a reduced rate) workshop enabling children to understand life with chronic illness, invisible/visible disability and deteriorating health. Explore disability through interactive storytelling, experience some of the symptoms of MS in a safe way, then ask all those questions you didn't know whether you could ask. Led by a qualified teacher with multiple sclerosis.

 

Local and Community History Month (May)

 

How old is your school? How about your area? Have you ever wondered what was there before your home was built? Explore your local history through object handling, pictures and audio, and learn what it was like to live in your local area at different points in time. Each workshop is individually researched to ensure local relevance and interest, and further lesson plans detailing the study of local history are included to make follow-up activities easy.

Available as a half or full day workshop, or as a weekly half-term long project, culminating in the production of an anthology detailing the local history of your area.

 

Beltane - the Celtic Festival of Fire

 

Who were/are the Celts? Where did they live and what did they do? Retell the story of a Celtic family in a fun, interactive historic theatre session culminating in the raucous celebration of Beltane, complete with Celtic music and dance.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

 

Mental health is unarguably important and in these hectic, stress-filled days, it's more important than ever for children to be able to face the world armed with a full arsenal of wellbeing strategies. Learn about the prevalence of mental health problems faced by people through statistics and case studies before discussing the source of some mental health issues and trying out some calming, fun strategies for warding off stress and negative thoughts.

 

Summer Two

 

The Queen's Official Birthday

 

Queen Elizabeth Windsor: at 90 years old, her majesty has seen a lot in her long life. This workshop looks at the queen we all think we know in a fresh light. Work with Princess Elizabeth as a driver and mechanic in war-torn Britain and experience the splendour of her coronation and accession to the throne, before re-enacting the Queen's birthday parade, trooping the colours around your school. 

 

Summer Solstice

 

The point in the year when late evenings reach their zenith, midsummer is a moment for many people to swap doing for being, to reflect on your achievements through the year. Celebrate Litha, the Pagan summer festival, by crafting items from bird feathers and sharing achievements from the year. Midsummer is also allegedly a time when faries abound as the veil between worlds is thinnest at this point. Take part in the telling of a Pagan fairytale, then create your own fairytale to welcome the cosy evenings by the fireside back! 

 

Refugee Awareness Week

 

Explore the important current issue of immigration with this sensitive workshop. What is the difference between refugees and asylum seekers? What is it like to be forced to leave your home behind, and why do our countries have borders in the first place? Connect with the concept of refuge through the use of physical theatre and performance poetry in a programme which covers the hot citizenship topic of British values as well as PSHE links with bullying and segregation/inclusion. 

 

Children's Art Week

 

The visual arts are an exciting way for young children to express themselves as well as to learn about the world around them. During Children's Art Week, Ignite LIghts offers a wide variety of workshops in visual arts, including puppet making, mask making, make your own dream catcher, 3D painting, fabric art, print-making, sculpture and teardrop painting. Many workshops can be linked to curriculum topics and all come with extra resources to turn your fun arts day into a vibrant classroom display.

Full or half day workshop.

 

Festival of Archaeology

 

Learn to read the ground beneath your feet in this exciting workshop, incorporating science, geography, history and theatre. Choose from prehistoric, Roman, Egyptian, Viking or Anglo-Saxon digs and enjoy a quick interactive talk on the art and science of archaeology before preparing for and participating in your own archaeological dig. Finally, discover exactly what you've found as you are guided through a post-excavation analysis complete with artist's renderings and materials which can be used to create an exciting class display.