The first workshop will introduce children to a unique and innovative approach to storytelling in which the team will bring a mythical story to life in front of the children’s eyes.
Through linking the story to the book that will have been discovered prior to the visit, children will be able to become part of the story and will be used as a crucial element of this interactive, learning journey.
This workshop will finish by encouraging children to use their imaginations and leave them wondering what happens next, leading to an array of writing opportunities.
The second workshop focuses on expanding vocabulary and encouraging children to verbally discuss ideas that transfer into writing, using our green screen to ignite their imaginations. This is differentiated from EYFS to Year 6.
Children and teachers will be taught how to use Green Screen technology in the classroom to bring learning to life.
This workshop has been frequently used as a CPD opportunity for teaching staff wanting to enhance a creative use of ICT in the classroom.
The third workshop gives children the opportunity to work in small groups and apply the skills they learnt from Workshop 2.
Children will create their own Green Screen Movie and use other apps to encourage orally rehearsing sentences. Children will use ipads that we provide.
As a hook before our visit, your school will be sent an ancient book with all its pages blank for the children to look at. You should talk to them about what they think the book is for and what it might mean. When we come to perform the workshop, we bring our own version of the book. As part of the show, we shine a light on the storybook, showing the children that there is a hidden riddle in its pages.
The idea of children becoming intrigued and curious about a book with no idea what it might mean is extremely exciting and we have found this has had a massive impact on children’s engagement.
It is a compelling catalyst into learning as it forms a base for various questions and predictions relating to learning opportunities before we arrive.
Prior to the visit, we will send your school a Teacher Ideas Pack. This pack primarily aims at giving teachers and staff ideas for teaching before and after our visit.
It can be used as much, or as little, as your school wishes and is a free resource that we have created in conjunction with Senior Leadership at Oakwood Avenue Primary School in Warrington.
All of the ideas in the packs have been linked to a variety of texts that are differentiated and suited to children of all ages.
After our visit we encourage all members of staff to send us children’s work. We then send your school a written letter to celebrate the children who have made a special effort.
Following on from this we also send the children selected by their teachers a dragon poster. This has proven to be an extremely effective way in giving children a purpose to write and motivating reluctant writers.
Nice to meet you
Who was it?
Was it you?
Follow the leader
Of course, the magical and mystical world of dragons is for children of all ages, not just KS1 and KS2 students. Knowing that a full-grown dragon (even one as friendly as Sol) can be scary for little children, we’ve put together an entire workshop just for your Early Years Foundation Stage groups. The children get to spend time with our baby dragons in a fund and safe learning environment.
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