Schools and Nurseries
Happily Ever After is available for visits to schools and nurseries in Surrey and West Sussex. Each interactive storytelling session is full of drama, songs and games, all linked to a high quality text which can be tailored for each setting. With over 10 years of teaching experience in an infant school, as well as a degree in Musical Theatre, I carefully plan each session to suit your needs, using props and instruments to bring the story to life in a way that will inspire the children and allow for further discussion and learning back in class. Choose from the stories below or if you have a particular theme or topic let me know and I will do my best to use a story to fit your requirements.
Testimonials from teachers after our visit to The Orchard Infant School, East Molesey:
"The class loved it, they were super engaged. The pirate character was a great idea and Sam maintained enthusiasm throughout the day." Year 2 Teacher
"One of the best workshops we've done. I loved it!" Year 2 Teacher
"A multi-sensory experience and the children were wholly engaged throughout" EYFS Teacher
"Music, drama, storytelling and movement - the children thoroughly enjoyed it." Year 2 Teacher
"Can Sam come every Friday please?" Year 1 Teacher
Nursery, EYFS, KS1 and KS2
Throughout the year we deliver School Storytelling workshops linked to celebration days to help you support your teaching in the classroom. Full of music, song and drama, we choose stories which are well written and age appropriate, enabling us to discuss sensitive topics in a way which is relatable and fun for all children. Have a look at some of the celebration days we are currently supporting school with;
World Mental Health Day
Black History Month
Anti Bullying Week/Kindness Day
National Storytelling Week
Children's Mental Health Week
World Book Day
International Women's Day
World Music Day
World Environment Day
... and many more!
In addition to this Happily Ever After can provide a range of courses, one off workshops or After School Clubs/Lunchtime clubs which can be designed to fit your individual schools needs. Please see below some examples of how we are currently helping schools in the Surrey and West Sussex Area.
Performing Arts Week - builds confidence and performance skills
A week of singing, dancing and drama culminating in a show ready to be performed for parents. A great way to devise a leavers assembly, Christmas performance or end of year celebration without extra workload for the teachers!
Lunchtime or After School Club - KS1 (45 minutes)
A course of interactive storytelling sessions for Rec and KS1, exploring a different story each week through dance, movement and song.
After School Clubs - KS2 (60 minutes)
Performing Arts based classes where the children learn verse, songs and dances to retell a popular story and perform it to their families at the end of term.
Cross Curricular Topic WOW Starters - Whole School
Book a whole day or morning session to kick of your new topic (or finish it in style!) with a creative and fully immersive workshop. Let us know what your next topic is and we can create a cross curricular and engaging day, linking music, movement, songs, art with any of the foundation subjects, creating a moment the children will remember for years to come.
"The pupils were more confident and driven towards performing after our week with Sam. They understood that this was going to be a special performance and they tried their hardest to perform to their best. Confidence grew within the group; the performances were polished and the children enjoyed themselves hugely. Sam brings with her a wealth of experience and enthusiasm. Her experience as a hugely successful teacher, means that not only will the school benefit from her drama qualities, they also benefit from her background in behavioural management and knowledge of furthering children’s potential. We booked her again immediately!" Joe Elliott, Head of Year 2, The Orchard Infant School, East Molesey
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
Nursery Training Sessions
Post pandemic, have you found that the children in your setting have been struggling with sustained concentration? The level of speech and language displayed in your pre-school leavers seems weaker than usual? Are you looking for ways to make your daily Storytime more engaging and interactive?
If you have answered 'yes' to any of these questions, why not book a training session with Happily Ever After to discover new techniques and a range of stories to help you and your staff refresh Storytime.
Led by a teacher with over 10 years experience in the classroom, each session is tailored to the needs of your staff and linked to themes or projects you are currently using. We leave you with a new book and a weekly plan of activities linked to the 7 areas of learning which you can apply immediately with instant results.
Email me at email@example.com for a quote for your setting today.