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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 from the experience.

2017-18 PRIMARY PRODUCTIONS: 

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

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

Scroll down for booking information or use our online booking form.
For more information, contact us at schools@unicorntheatre.com | 020 7645 0544, download our useful info for schools leaflet (PDF) or sign up to the teacher mailing list.

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 RESOURCE PACKS:

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.  
 
CPD DATES (all 10am - 4pm):
  • LaikaFri 14 Sep
  • Beowulf - Tue 26 Sep
  • The Velveteen Rabbit - Wed 18 Oct
  • Seesaw - Fri 12 Jan 
  • Othello - Fri 24 Nov
  • Beginners - Thu 8 Feb

To book a place, email 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:
  • Beowulf 
  • Othello

£120 per class (state schools)
£220 per class (independent schools)
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 
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. 

EXPLORE
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. 

UNICORN SCHOOLS CLUB
A new membership scheme to support your school-wide focus on creative learning. Book more theatre visits for more pupils at a cheaper rate, plan a whole year’s worth of activity in one go and take part in regular CPD training so you can enrich every visit. More information

Teachers' Events

SEE IT FIRST! - FREE TEACHER EVENT: WED 11 OCT, 5PM
(includes tickets to Beowulf press performance 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:

  • Laika – Tue 3 Oct, 7pm
  • The Velveteen Rabbit – Tue 21 Nov, 7pm
  • Othello – Thu 8 Feb, 7pm
  • Beginners – Wed 28 Mar, 7pm

Two free tickets per school, subject to availability. To book, email schools@unicorntheatre.com with the name and postcode of your school.

Your Visit

Box Office: 020 7645 0560

To book tickets, call our Box Office team on the number above, or fill out an online booking 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
EARLY BIRD TICKETS £8.50 when booking 2 or more shows before 31 Jul 2017 
SCHOOLS CLUB TICKETS from £7 (find out more | booking form)

+ Teacher CPD session & resource pack FREE
+ In-school workshop £120 per class (£220 for independent schools)
+ Backstage tour from £2 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):
Please, no photos, no phones and no food.

Visit our Access Page for specific performances for children with additional needs. If you have any questions or specific requirements we are always happy to discuss them with you.

USEFUL LINKS:

Testimonials

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



'THE CPD WAS OUTSTANDING AND TRULY INSPIRATIONAL FOR MY STAFF. I WALKED INTO YEAR 4 YESTERDAY AND EVERY SINGLE CHILD WAS COLLABORATING, ENGAGED AND INSPIRED … THE TEACHERS REALLY RELIEVED AND EXCITED BY THEIR CHILDREN'S ENTHUSIASM AND CONCENTRATION FOR THE PROJECT, REGARDLESS OF 'ABILITY'.'


'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 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'