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Finding 'specialist' visitors to come into schools...

Discussion in 'Primary' started by lillipad, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. lillipad

    lillipad New commenter

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a couple of specialist people to come in to talk to my class about a couple of subjects and do some work shops with them, the first i'm looking for is a WW2 person or people - someone who could maybe come in and be in character and give them some sort of ww2 related day, and the second is like a circus skills workshop person who could come and teach them some tricks and skills and things.

    My question is - how do you find out about these people in your area? Is there a directory anywhere or is it entirely word of mouth? I've tried googling it but to no success!??
     
  2. lillipad

    lillipad New commenter

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a couple of specialist people to come in to talk to my class about a couple of subjects and do some work shops with them, the first i'm looking for is a WW2 person or people - someone who could maybe come in and be in character and give them some sort of ww2 related day, and the second is like a circus skills workshop person who could come and teach them some tricks and skills and things.

    My question is - how do you find out about these people in your area? Is there a directory anywhere or is it entirely word of mouth? I've tried googling it but to no success!??
     
  3. lucye

    lucye New commenter

    Hi Lillipad,
    Sorry no help but I was wondering the same thing for inset days. I have looked up geography & history days, but would rather get recommendations. Does anyone know?
     
  4. I would suggest parents as a first attempt -then maybe your local Amateur Dramatics society.
     
  5. Parents, governors, other schools for advice (local primary and secondary), community groups, local library, LA advisors, ask your school sec (lots of fliers/adverts get filed/binned long before teachers see them), museum- they usually have an education officer who can provide all sorts (often without charge I find), local businesses- we've had a children's entertainer do a fantastic circus skills workshop (reasonable charge compared to other workshops but can be hit and miss), community theatre/choir/orchestra groups. Does your area have a historical society?- they are often keen but can be a bit 'dry'- depends on year group I suppose...
     
  6. hobgoblintc

    hobgoblintc New commenter

    Hi guys
    We are a touring Theatre in Education company that specialises in KS2 History plays. We have 5 topics covered at the moment: Greeks, Vikings, Plague, Victorians and WWII. We are also adding Romans from September 2010.
    We run follow-up workshops that are based around the play the children have just watched, too.
    Take a look at our site: www.hobgoblintheatrecompany.co.uk
    We're very flexible and adaptable so I'm sure we can help out in some way.
    Cheers,
    Dan
     
  7. I always ask parents first - you'd be surprised what they can either do themselves or who they can put you in touch with!
     
  8. zza-zza

    zza-zza New commenter

    http://www.magiccarpettheatre.com/
    This company does a super circus workshop. Left a crowd of over excited 7 year olds at our local theatre for a couple of hours, then went back to watch an amazing circus show.
     

  9. I do a WW2 day every year and have a range of visitors - one particular guy is fabulous and has so much WW2 stuff and WW1 for a different types of day. He is an ex-History teacher and therefore has a great rapour with students.
    He is fabulous.

    Jason King 07732570682
    He is based in Nottingham, but travels all over the country.




     

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