Polly specialises in delivering writing and drama workshops to primary school children but has also worked with older pupils and adults in community-led projects. The length of workshops varies from half an hour to several days or weeks, depending on the nature of the project and the age of the children taking part.
Early YearsWorkshops for the Early Years focus on having fun with stories and rhymes. They can last from 20 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the age and ability of the children. The session will normally start with some action songs, followed by warm-up games and a story. The stories are all specifically chosen to be acted out by everyone, with mime and sound playing a big part in the presentation.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 workshops involve games, simple drama skills and improvisation around a given theme. Sessions last from 45 minutes to a whole day. It is also possible to give a small presentation to parents at the end of the day. Children can develop work on well-known stories or can be guided through a structured process to help them make up their own.
Key Stage 2
At Key Stage 2 pupils move on from being led as a whole class and are encouraged to work with partners and in small groups to develop their own ideas and present them to others. This can be done in an hour-long workshop or can become part of an extended project. There is still a strong focus on having fun and playing games and all activities are designed to help children develop their self-esteem and confidence at the same time as learning more about the chosen theme.