The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises ‘the right of the child to education…with a view to achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity.’ It further states that we should all work to ensure ‘that the disabled child has effective access to and receives education’. At Flying Pickle we take this responsibility very seriously.
For students exploring the text as a whole, our educational workshops are ideal for introducing a text to new classes. They are also very useful for revision purposes. We are pleased to offer the opportunity for schools to request workshops based on their text preferences.
Our 2-hour workshop is designed to help learners who may struggle to access the curriculum through more traditional means. As a result our sessions are limited to around 30 pupils. We can also offer a day workshop, which will present the text to all pupils in a cohort. We can then work with several targeted intervention groups throughout the day.
Flying Pickle 2-Hour Educational Workshop
In the two-hour workshop we take a group of around 30 pupils through the text by exploring the Four Pillars of Text. In order to service the individual needs of students, core elements of the workshop are adapted for the text on request. For more information you can see a breakdown of the Four Pillars below.
Pillar One – Plot
A one-person performance of an abridged version of the text written by our in-house writer. Our 20-minute abridgements encompass the whole text. This means we introduce major characters and include extracts taken from the source material.
Pillar Two – Character
This interactive session introduces pupils to the major characters in a text. As they work, students are encouraged to explore voice and physical gestures. By doing this, the students can understand and embed the key characteristics of a major character.
Pillar Three – Language
Our workshop leaders will guide the group through a carefully selected section of text (if there is a specific section of the text you would like us to focus on please let us know). Using voice and movement, this section aims to produce a group performance of the selection involving all pupils.
Pillar Four – Performance
The final section gives pupils an opportunity to explore a section of text for themselves and adapt for their own performance, individually or in small groups.
Flying Pickle All Day Educational Workshops
The day workshop allows all pupils to experience a part of the Flying Pickle experience while also offering focused workshop time to smaller groups of around 30 pupils selected by the school.
The day starts with a one-person performance of our 20-minute abridgement for the whole cohort followed by a Q&A session.
Fantastic feedback from my two who attended your introduction to Macbeth. Both had fun and learnt something. Thank you Flying Pickle Performing Arts! – Lorian Mead, KS3 parent