Education

 

Culture Warrington offers a range of Education activities both in and out of school settings.

Accent Arts have commissioned Culture Warrington to develop an arts offer to schools which will enhance our existing programmes. This service will offer cross art-form activity and will be delivered by Culture Warrington on behalf of Accent Music Education Hub.

Initially offering a variety of activities during the summer term, a further offer to schools for the academic year 2015-16 will be made in April, based on the feedback we received from our needs analysis survey earlier this year.

Our vision is for school arts provision to complement the current arts and heritage offer available at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery and Pyramid, and we envisage this will evolve over time. Culture Warrington continue to offer a range of education sessions within their venues and new for this academic year we also offer wider art forms linked to the history sessions.

Culture Warrington is a partner in the Children’s University  initiative which enables children to collect stamps in their passport for participation in arts activity.

If you require further information relating to any other support such as after school clubs or holiday activities please contact us to discuss your needs.

For more information or a booking for contact our Education Officers Katy Melville and Amanda Moore on education@culturewarrington.org

 

Dance

We offer dance sessions linked to curriculum topics or themes as full or half day sessions which may be tailored to KS1 or KS2, and can be delivered across all year groups as a whole school day of dance.

The booking form identifies these as blocks that were most popular in the feedback we received, however we are able to create a bespoke offer so please contact us to discuss your needs.

Recent examples of this activity are St Peter’s Primary School in Woolston:

World Book Day – whole school day of dance for Foundation to Year 6 themed to Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll

Year 1 – Plants curriculum linked dance session 6 week block

Future session being planned across curriculum including Vikings, Romans, Egypt and wider topics

We also offer consultancy to support teachers to plan dance as part of the creative curriculum and offer in house training to teachers to deliver dance as a creative art form as a non-specialist.

For secondary schools and sixth forms we are working with potential artists that will be performing at Pyramid & Parr Hall to offer high level dance workshops for subject specific areas which will be offered in April for booking from September.

 

Drama

Similarly to dance, we offer drama sessions linked to curriculum topics or themes as full or half day sessions which may be tailored to KS1 or KS2. The booking form identifies these as blocks that were most popular in the feedback we received, however we are able to create a bespoke offer so please contact us to discuss your needs.

For secondary schools and sixth forms we are working with potential artists that will be performing at Pyramid & Parr Hall to offer high level drama workshops for subject specific areas which will be offered in April for booking from September.

 

3D Book Art

We are pleased to offer book sculpture workshops where pupils of all ages will be create their own unique and innovative sculptures. These can be thematic and lead up to events such as school fairs where work created by the children can be sold. Sessions are offered across all ages and key stages, and will be adapted to meet the needs of the pupils.

 

Special Projects

 

Mechanics Dance and Music 

50% subsidy through Accent Music Hub £280 Limited to 1 school in Halton, 1 school in Warrington

‘Mechanics’ are a duo of artists who encourage creative confidence through music and dance.

Themed on the Human Skeleton, children collaborate to create their own choreography and record a soundtrack, through a full day workshop in which the pupils collectively develop movement and sound to form a performance. Mechanics Dance and Music promotes creativity and confidence, alongside problem solving, teamwork, communication, body awareness, musicality and basic ICT production skills. Mechanics’ body workshop is suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

Sound:

•Recorded, sampled and manipulated into a musical score.

•Produced by group movement, singing and playing instruments.

Movement:

•Exploring body mechanics and skeletal structure to develop dance choreography.

•Students create movement ideas regardless of dance experience.

Performance:

•Developed and refined, sound and movement culminate in a unique performance.

•Shared at the end of the workshop day.

Requirements:

– Assembly Hall or Gym – all day (accommodating lunchtimes and breaks)

– Maximum 32 Children per workshop

– Minimum 2 staff members

– Projector and screen to be linked to our laptop

– Students are encouraged to bring instruments to play as well as those provided

“The children enjoyed a very stimulating and creative day … they talked about it for days afterwards.”                  Susan Barraclough – Headteacher, Abbey Park Infants and Junior School, Halifax

Listen to a soundcloud clip of the track created at www.mechanics.moonfruit.com/gallery-and-music

 

Window On Warrington (WOW) WWI

Commemorating World War One this site-specific dance performance project explores themes of the First World War to bring groups together to perform at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and on the pitch at the match day event.  Schools will receive 4 hours of a dance artist working with the children in school setting as well as support to practice and create work at the venue. Group leaders (teacher / parent helper as required for ratio of children) are required to attend all of the four dates with their pupils and provide the appropriate ratio of helpers.

In recognition of the commitment schools make, costs for participants are set at just £5 per child for the whole project. Rehearsal dates are Saturdays 10.30am-4pm on: 28 March / 16 May / 13 June

Performance 20 June – timings to be confirmed.

If you are interested in this opportunity but cannot commit to the full project there is the option to participate in the on pitch performance only. Please call for more information.

Groups have already performed at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery in November and our next performance is at Peninsular Barracks on 26 April (all welcome to attend). Photos and information from the Museum & Art Gallery final performance on www.culturewarrington.org/window-on-warrington-2014

In 2013 the participating schools were: Bruche Primary School, Cinnamon Brow CE Primary, Penketh South CP primary School, St Andrew’s CE Primary School, St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School, Westbrook Old Hall Primary School, Bridgewater High School and Penketh High School.

In 2013, WOW Rugby League World Cup saw over 500 dancers of all abilities from ages 3-87 perform to an international crowd of 4000 people in Warrington town Centre celebrating the town hosting Samoa for the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Tournament!  The performance was a fantastic experience for all involved bringing together a wide range of groups whilst  offering  a new way of choreographing material for site and performing outside on site. Have a look at the You Tube for the highlights and to get a better idea of our work: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY04uU-l-wk&feature=youtu.be