Small World Theatre works with teachers and lecturers in schools and colleges/ universities across Wales to open access to the arts and theatre. Here are some recent examples.

NAWR

Small World Theatre has teamed up with NAWR (Arts and Education Network: Mid and West Wales) to deliver CPD and INSET workshops for primary school teachers to prepare for the Expressive Arts Area of Learning and Experience in the new curriculum for Wales. Small World Theatre and NAWR Arts Champion, Seren Stacey, consulted with Primary School teachers to develop a series of practical workshops led by professional arts practitioners from a range of disciplines; dance, drama, visual art and animation. The new curriculum places great importance on learners’ experiences of artforms; as members of an audience and as participants. Small World Theatre is supporting learners to explore artforms, respond, reflect and create.

Teachers explored several Expressive Arts disciplines over five sessions and build a toolkit of exercises, which could be confidently used in the classroom. This was an opportunity to introduce local teachers to well regarded practitioners living and working in the area.

Examples of workshops:
Creative Movement with Stirling Steward
Shadow Puppet Making with master puppeteers Ann Shrosbree and Bill Hamblett, Small World Theatre
Drama Skills: Still Images with Ann Shrosbree and Bill Hamblett, Small World Theatre
Risk and Experimentation in the Creative Process with Seren Stacey

The Arts Council of Wales

Creative Learning through the Arts

Small World Theatre is part of an exciting learning initiative in Wales working with Ysgol Glan-y-Môr School, Burry Port. The Lead Creative Schools Scheme is part of the Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales joint funded programme Creative learning through the arts – an action plan for Wales 2015-2020.

Small World Theatre practitioners Bill Hamblett and Jacob Whittaker worked with seventeen Year 8 pupils to address the duel subjects of Digital Competence and ESDGC (Education for Sustainability, Development and Global Citizenship). Including devising ways to communicate global issues: environmental sustainability, human rights and responsibilities, refugees and others. The results were presented digitally.

The project produced a short film that gives a glimpse into a future envisaged by Ysgol Glan-y-Môr pupils. A local news room is caught up in an environmental disaster. The rising tides flood the town and all coastal ports are underwater. The consequences put the environment, food security and human rights in question.

Cofia Pysgota

Cofia Pysgota 2015 was a Small World Theatre project that worked closely with a year 5/6 class in Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi to research and create a film about the fishing industry in Cardigan Bay.

A creative approach to learning was used including role-play, brainstorming in groups, drawings and interviews. The children became film crews and researchers and interviewed fishermen, a fishmonger, 4CG (a community benefit society looking into establishing a fresh fish market in Cardigan) and Vox Pop interviews with the general public.

Their film provides an important component of this teaching resource for primary schools supporting learning about the fishing industry in Cardigan Bay. Cofia Pysgota was supported by the Ceredigion Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).

Special thanks to Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi as well as Ysgol Aberporth, Ysgol Bro Sion Cwillt, Fern hill, Len and Mandy Walter

Please visit our new mini website for more details and the online teaching resource for this project

cofiapysgota.org