Schools

“I thought it was a great experience. I have never done anything like it! It was great!”  (Student, Swanage Middle School)

Emerald Ant is just about to start an exciting new project. In 2017 -2019 ‘The Iguanodon Restaurant Learning Programme’ will visit 9 schools and one Home Education Group. In each we will run a day of performances for the whole school and then an arts-geology workshop day for 30 students.

Teachers will benefit from INSET days supporting them to use the Jurassic Coast 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 will support learning in science and history in Key Stage 2 and 3, and excite students in their local geology and history.

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

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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.
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Past Projects


Lawrence of Arabia and Dorset, 2014

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“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:

Lawrence Pack for Schools

A useful 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

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NORTH HILL TANK TRAINING GROUND AND RADAR STATION, MINEHEAD, Spring 2015

A schools 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!

Please click on each link below to download:

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A snapshot of schools workshops…

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An introduction to 3D work through working with wire and modroc – Year 5, Parret and Axe Primary School

all heads together MHMaking hand puppets with Year 8, Swanage Middle School

SAW Crane Celebration - Nisha Haq (2)Crane headdresses made with Year 5, Stoke St Gregory Primary School

Ladybirds Beaminster Big DayLady and Gentbird costumes, Beaminster Big Day 2013

Zep with crew 1Processional Zeppelins on backpack, Lantern Procession, Victorian Night, Weymouth

finished animals purbeckCostumes for outdoor performance, Year 8 /9, The Purbeck School


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