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Winter Tales for Key Stage 2 Teachers from Live Theatre's Live Tales Team

Key Stage 2 Teachers in the North East of England!

Are you:
* Missing school trips and enjoyable activities with your class?
* Wondering how to bring excitement back into your pupils' learning?
* Looking for a fun interactive and unique lesson plan that that will bring smiles to the children in your class in the lead up to Christmas?

Look no further than our new FREE exclusive Winter Tales online sessions from Live Theatre's highly acclaimed Live Tales team starting November 2020.  This is a fantastic opportunity to get behind the scenes of the Live Tales' magic and create an illustrated Winter Tale with your class.

What's Involved?
You are invited to attend 4 x FREE Winter Tales online Zoom sessions that will take place on the following dates and times:
Thurs 12 Nov, 4.00 - 5.30pm
Thurs 19 Nov, 4.00 - 5.30pm
Thurs 26 Nov, 4.00 - 5.30pm
Thurs 4 Dec, 4.00 - 5.30pm

These sessions will support lesson plans to explore creative writing exercises, games and play to spark your pupils' imaginations to create a completely original winter story with your class.

Throughout the four weeks, a Live Tales illustrator will create unique pictures to bring your class's story, setting and characters to life in wonderful colour. The illustrator will also send bespoke video messages to each class to keep pupils excited and engaged about their tale!

At the end of all sessions, you will be posted out full colour illustrated copies of your completed winter tale - one for each pupil to take home as a gift and one for the classroom.

We only have 15 spaces for this new, exclusive Winter Tales offer.  We recommend that you book as soon as possible (booking deadline Fri 6 Nov 2020) as places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are Live Theatre's Live Tales offering these Winter Tales sessions?
Due to current Coronavirus restrictions we are unable to deliver our Live Tales sessions in the usual way.  Winter Tales allows us to bring our vast experience to support teachers to bring the fun of Live Tales directly into class!

Q: What are the benefits of taking part?
A: Winter Tales will help your pupils build confidence with creative writing in class (not worrying about spelling, punctuation or grammar - only creative ideas) whilst having lots of fun!  It will also help to support literacy, socialisation and communication in class.

Q: What is the content of each session?
Thurs 12 Nov
Introduction to the Live Tales ethos plus learn warm up and creative writing games that will allow you to build confidence in exploring creative writing with your class in a fun, playful way.
Thurs 19 Nov
Find out methods to help your class create a completely original character to star in your Winter Tale.  Learn how to provide a framework to start the story with your class, creating a main character and location through drama games and play.
Thurs 26 Nov
Explore how you can help your pupils to grow the story, learning how to develop the story towards an ending, looking at conflict and resolution.  You can also find out how to encourage each child to write their own version of the story and get to see the illustrator's drawings from the start you have made so far.
Thurs 4 Dec
Learn how to add the final polish to your class story and how to bring it to life through different ways of communicating such as acting, reading or drawing.

Q: Can more than one teacher per school take part?
A: As we only have 15 places we are limiting places to one teacher per school.

Q: What happens if I miss a session?
A: Attending all sessions is ideal however if you are not able to attend a session we can make the Zoom recording available to you.

Q: What if there is Covid disruption?
A: We appreciate that circumstances are changing continuously and that we must be flexible.  We are able to record Zoom sessions and provide written resources used in each session if required.

Q: Can I still attend if I've been to a Live Tales session in the past?
A: Yes.  Winter Tales is a different offer designed to give teachers the tools and excitement to bring creativity to class - with all the same fun as a Live Tales session.

Q: When will you send the completed Winter Tales
A: We will post these out w/c 14 December 2020.

Q: Who can I contact with any further questions?
A: Please email with any further queries and we shall get back to you as soon as we can (please note that most staff are on Flexible Furlough leave and therefore working reduced hours, therefore you may not get an immediate response)

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Teachers on Live Tales

'Amazing, this workshop has sparked a real enthusiasm in creative writing and taken away the pressures of SPAG!'

Matthew Rodger, Caedmon Primary School

'Today's workshop has been really engaging and fun, light-hearted and supportive in an 'all ideas are accepted/valid/valued' atmosphere'.

Mrs Clark, St Albans Primary School
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