For Primary Schools

‘REALLY FABULOUS, HIGH QUALITY CHILDREN'S THEATRE, WHICH SKILFULLY AND USEFULLY LINKS TO ASPECTS OF THE PRIMARY CURRICULUM!’ Deputy Head, 2016

‘THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE (THE UNIT OF ACTIVITIES, THE PRODUCTION ITSELF, THE THEATRE AND ITS STAFF) WAS A JOY.’ Deputy Head, 2016

As the UK's leading theatre for young audiences, we make shows that challenge, motivate and inspire. A visit to the theatre can have a long-lasting impact, stimulating exciting and meaningful work across the curriculum. We can support you to feel confident exploring our productions back at school so that you and your pupils get the most out of the experience.

Our 2016-17 primary productions are: 

Each show has an accompanying in-depth teacher resource pack and CPD training day. Pre-show workshops can also be booked for KS2 productions. 

Most teachers feedback on the impact of the programme to support Literacy - particularly in engaging lower ability and EAL children (especially boys) and increasing motivation to write. Read our case studies document here (PDF).

Our wide range of discounts means a visit to the theatre can fit into any school’s budget. For more information about the Schools’ Programme, contact us at schools@unicorntheatre.com | 020 7645 0544 or sign up to the teacher mailing list. You can also download our useful info for schools leaflet (PDF).

Resource Packs

 

‘ALL THE FANTASTIC ACTIVITIES PRESENTED MAKE IT SO EASY TO BUILD INTO THE TERM AND TO GET THE MOST FROM THE EXPERIENCE.’ Year 5 teacher, 2016

‘WE FULLY EMBRACED THE ACTIVITIES AND THE BENEFITS HAVE BEEN CLEAR - A HUGE IMPACT ON THE BOYS WRITING AND THEIR PROGRESS IN ALL AREAS OF LITERACY, AS WELL AS CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM.’ Literacy Coordinator, 2014

Resources are full of useful information about the show as well as a series of in-depth session plans that can be embedded into termly planning.

Current resources:
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (for Nursery – Year 1) 
Jason and the Argonauts (for Years 3 – 6)
Baddies: the Musical (for Years 3 – 8)
The Velveteen Rabbit (For Years 1 – 4)
The Iron Man (for Years 3 – 7)
Coming soon:
Double Double Act (For Years 3 – 6)

View all our archived teacher resources here.

Teacher CPD

‘THE IMPACT OF THE CPD HAS BEEN AMAZING. IT HAS ENABLED ME TO DEVELOP MY DRAMA SKILLS IN A WAY WHICH IS INCLUSIVE, ENJOYABLE AND ABOVE ALL, A WAY OF MAXIMISING LEARNING.’ Teacher, 2016

CPD days are FREE and combine an active, creative exploration of the play with practical training in the use of drama to support Literacy. Suitable for teachers with little or no experience of drama.  
 
2016 - 17 CPD dates (all 10am - 4pm):
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark - Wed 14 Sep
Jason and the Argonauts - Tue 20 Sep
Baddies: the Musical - Fri 14 Oct
The Iron Man - Thu 17 Nov 
The Velveteen Rabbit - Fri 27 Jan 
Double Double Act - Tue 14 Mar 

DISCOVER WHAT THEATRE CAN BRING TO YOUR CLASSROOM
A practical short course based around our Spring term show, The Velveteen Rabbit.
• increase your confidence in using drama in the classroom
• use drama to develop literacy, particularly with reluctant writers  
• explore the learning potential offered by a theatre visit and how to develop children’s’ responses 

‘One of the best quality courses I have ever been on. I don’t come from a theatrical background but I found the activities amazing – accessing parts of my brain that aren’t normally used. It has really helped to improve my confidence, so I can’t wait to see the profound effect I know it will have on the children.’ Teacher, 2016

Thursdays 5-6.30pm (2, 9, 16 & 23 Mar). £80 (includes show ticket). To book, please contact schools@unicorntheatre.com

Workshops

‘THE WORKSHOP WAS ONE OF THE BEST WE'VE TAKEN PART IN. IT INSPIRED THE ADULTS AND THE CHILDREN ALIKE.’ Teacher, 2016

Workshops are led by specialist practitioners and give the class an immersive drama experience that opens up key ideas, themes or characters in the show before their visit. For non-drama teachers, they are an opportunity to observe a drama specialist at work with their class. 

Pre-show workshops available for:
Jason and the Argonauts, Baddies: the Musical and The Iron Man.

£120 per class (max 30 students) | Hall space needed | 1.5 hours long.

Partnerships

‘THIS HAS BEEN A COMPLETELY POSITIVE AND VALUABLE EXPERIENCE FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL.’ Collaborate school teacher, 2015 

‘THE BENEFIT HAS BEEN HUGE AS OUR PUPILS HAVE LIMITED ACCESS TO THE THEATRE, SOME VISITING FOR THE FIRST TIME THROUGH EXPLORE.'  Explore Programme teacher, 2015

COLLABORATE (applications for 2016-17 now open!)
A year-long partnership with one primary school that gives teachers and pupils unparalleled access to theatre and the opportunity to place a whole school focus on creative learning. Find out more / Application form.

2015-16 Collaborate Schools:
Woodcroft Primary School 
Paddington Academy

EXPLORE (applications for 2016-17 now open!)
A three-year partnership for schools in the outer boroughs of London that works with the same pupils throughout school years 4, 5 & 6. EXPLORE unlocks the rich potential for learning that is offered through a trip to the theatre and aims to develop confident and interested theatre-goers. Find out more | Application form.

Current Explore schools:
Crowland Primary School, Haringey | 2015-18
Dollis Junior School, Barnet | 2015-18
Broadmead Primary School, Croydon | 2015-18
Walthamstow School for Girls, Waltham Forest | 2015-18

Teachers' Events

SEE IT FIRST! - FREE TEACHER EVENT: Tue 4 Oct 5pm 
(includes tickets to Jason and the Argonauts press night at 7pm)
Join us for wine, cheese and a short talk about all our new productions and Schools Programme, before watching the show at 7pm. Free, booking required.

FREE PRESS NIGHT TICKETS FOR TEACHERS
Come and watch one of our evening shows with colleagues or friends and stay for the press night party afterwards. Two tickets per school, subject to availability.
Baddies: the Musical – Wed 23 Nov 7pm
The Iron Man – Tue 31 Jan 7pm
Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore - Wed 15 Mar 7pm
The Velveteen Rabbit – Fri 24 Mar 7pm
Double Double Act - Tue 27 Jun 7pm

To book any of the above email schools@unicorntheatre.com.

Your Visit

Box Office: 020 7645 0560

To book tickets, call our friendly Box Office team on the number above, or fill out an online booking request form. Your school will then be sent an invoice. You can amend your booking up to 8 weeks before the performance.

BASIC TICKET PRICE £10, with one teacher FREE per 10 children
(Baddies: the Musical tickets £11) 
EARLY BIRD TICKETS £7.50 when booking 2 or more shows before Jul 31 2016 
MULTI-BUY TICKETS £8.50 when booking 2 or more shows from 1 Aug 2016

+ A place on the teacher CPD session & resource pack FREE
+ An in-school workshop £120 per class
+ A backstage tour £1 per pupil

ABOUT YOUR VISIT
Our theatre was built with young people in mind, and it is important to us that we offer a space in which they feel welcome and important. We actively encourage our audiences to laugh, respond, clap and cheer during our shows – so please don’t feel that your pupils have to watch the show in silence. 

There are only three things we ask in the auditorium (of adults and children):
• No photos
• No phones
• No food
You can download a risk assessment form below, but if you have any questions or specific requirements we are always happy to discuss them with you.

USEFUL DOWNLOADS:

Testimonials

Watch the video below and read our schools' case studies to find out what teachers think. 



'BOTH THE CPD DAY AND RESOURCE PACK WERE INVALUABLE: THEY ENABLED US TO SHARE EXPERTISE AND INCREASE OUR LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE IN USING DRAMA'


'THE CHILDREN WERE TOTALLY ENGROSSED... THERE WERE SOME AMAZING DISCUSSIONS, TEAMWORK AND LEARNING THROUGHOUT THE WORKSHOP' 

'THE SHOW WAS OUTSTANDING AND AT A PERFECT LEVEL FOR THE CHILDREN. I WAS STAGGERED BY THEIR RESPONSES. IT WAS CLEAR THAT THEY WERE ENGAGED BOTH EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY' 

'OUR CHILDREN ARE BECOMING APPRECIATIVE AND CRITICAL THEATRE-GOERS, AS WELL THE ACADEMIC BENEFITS WHICH ARE OBVIOUS: A STIMULUS FOR FOCUSED SPEAKING AND LISTENING, A BROADENING OF OUTLOOK AND EXPERIENCE, IMPROVED VOCABULARY, EMPATHY AND UNDERSTANDING FOR OTHER PEOPLE'