We have now started our Iguanodon Restaurant Learning Programme. In 2017 -2019 we will visit 9 schools and one Home Education Group in Devon, Dorset, Sussex, Kent and London. In each school we are performing to the whole school and delivering an arts-geology workshop for 30 students.

Luke Towe, Headteacher at Sidmouth Primary School says:

Emerald Ant came and delivered their absolutely fantastic performance ‘The Iguanodon Restaurant’ to all the children at our school in fabulous performances.  The children were engaged and showed their enthusiasm and curiosity with a million different questions after the show.  It was great as well as it linked in with the National Curriculum local history study whilst also linking in with evolution and inheritance as part of our Science curriculum.  Most of all though, it was just great fun and I am certain that every child in the school will remember the day the dinosaur came to school!

Sidmouth Primary Iggy Performance

Teachers will benefit from INSET days supporting them to use the Jurassic Coast, or other local heritage, as a learning resource, and all schools will be able to access an online pack with creative classroom activities, fossil walks, links to local museums and pictorial resources.

The programme supports learning in science and history in Key Stage 2 and 3, and engages students in their local geology and history. Children make shadow puppets looking at how scientists have interpreted iguanodon fossils since 1812 up to the present day. They also place creatures and plants on the world timeline below, learning about prehistoric ecology, evolution, and the human race’s place in the world.

“I found today great, intelligent and funny”

(Year 7 student St Simon Stock Catholic School) 

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The programme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, West Dorset District Council, the Fine Family Foundation, the Ernest Cook Trust, and PalAss, the Palaeontological Association.

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A snapshot of schools workshops

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Emerald Ant and Education

Education is at the heart of Emerald Ant‘s work. We devise and run projects for school students, as well as provide a range of one-off making workshops, sometimes connected with our shows.

Our projects aim to support young people to enquire, share and broaden their horizons. They work with artists and other professionals such as historians and scientists, doing activities they would not normally do in school; creative research at historical sites, researching artefacts first hand, linking with schools abroad and large scale outdoor construction.

Emerald Ant runs workshops with anyone, any age from 3 to 133. Our specialities are willow construction, lanterns, masks, headdresses, shadow puppetry, exploratory drawing and devising. We also provide teacher training sessions introducing teachers to materials and techniques.

Past Projects

Lawrence of Arabia and Dorset, 2014


“A once in a lifetime opportunity, amazing”  (student) 

In May 2014 ten students from Carter Community School came to Clouds Hill, the small cottage of T E Lawrence in Bovington, Dorset. There they worked with artists, National Trust volunteers, historians, soldiers and linked with a school in Amman. They learnt about Lawrence, World War I, and Arabian castles, one of Lawrence’s greatest passions. They gained new skills and experience in heritage learning and built an Arabian shadow castle. Students and teachers comments:

 “It’s more hands on, sort of getting you to know a whole topic in a week, stuff you wouldn’t learn at school” 

 “It was an amazing experience, we actually got to see his house and all the objects he owned, it was real”

“They had the opportunity to be enthused and inspired, learn, be stretched, develop team and SEAL skills as well as independent learning across a variety of subjects”.

Watch the film of the project here:

School Pack for Lawrence of Arabia and Dorset project:
A useful 22-page school pack for groups wishing to explore Lawrence and World War I across the curriculum, creatively, in groups, and introspectively. Created by Caroline Barnes, Sarah Butterworth and Delphine Jones, copies of this pack have been distributed to 50 schools in Dorset, and are also available to use free of charge at Clouds Hill.

Click here for the Lawrence of Arabia and Dorset – Learning Resource


A school pack commissioned by Exmoor National Parks, the Heart of Exmoor Scheme. Created by Caroline Barnes and Sarah Butterworth with graphics by Delphine Jones, to engage Minehead schools in a World War 2 tank training ground and radar station on nearby North Hill. Special thanks to David Miller and Gareth Davies for their tank expertise!

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Technical Instruction

P1090029Sarah runs one-off sessions in Making for students on the BA Costume and Performance Design course at Arts University Bournemouth; for PETROC students, and Street Theatre BA students at Winchester University.

Making galleon hats with PETROC students,
Forkbeard Fantasy’s Studio, 2012

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