Grow Education

Growtheatre Education

Growtheatre has a long and successful track record of providing high quality creative learning projects for schools, colleges and universities.

In schools, we work hard to develop bespoke projects that meet your school’s needs and are relevant to the curriculum. We work both inside and outside and provide tailored workshops, day long events, arts weeks, long term residencies.  We also provide innovative and supportive CPD sessions for teaching staff. Growtheatre’s Artistic Director, Rachel Newman, is Level 3 Forest School practitioner and the company offers Forest School provision.

Here are some examples of our work:

Saint Marie’s Catholic Primary School – Year Long Residency

How can drama and outdoor learning raise the confidence and communication levels of the most vulnerable children? 

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With an ambition of closing the gap for all their learners, St Marie’s and Growtheatre undertook Enquiry-Based Research work and focused on some of the school’s youngest and most vulnerable children.  Year One children were selected to participate in the work and the majority of those chosen either had English as an additional language or were previously looked after.

Although the whole school priority was to increase levels of achievement in writing, it was decided that this work needed to focus on foundation skills that affect academic attainment, therefore increasing communication and confidence levels were highlighted as the target areas.

The vast m
jority of the children selected for this Enquiry-Based Research did not achieve age expected outcomes at the end of Reception. This intervention has been a major part of the actions put in place to narrow the gap in the children’s academic achievements in Year 1. For example 10/12 children involved successfully passed the Year 1 phonics screening, far exceeding the school’s target for this vulnerable group.

As the year progressed we took the work into FS2 and KS2. For more information please see the Saint Maries Case Study MASTER copy. Growtheatre is delighted to be invited back for another year at Saint Marie’s to develop this work further.

“We worked with RaIMG_8405chel from Growtheatre over a year long project, she was always friendly, adaptable & well organised. The children in foundation stage, KS1 & KS2 all loved using drama & working outdoors to bring their learning to life. The teachers got a lot out of working with Rachel too as she enhanced the curriculum & shared new ideas. We all looked forward to our Growtheatre sessions and have never seen our school woods so alive with creativity!”

Faye Draper, Assistant Head at Saint Marie’s Catholic Primary School


Birkdale School – Bespoke Workshops of FS2 and KS1 

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The infant teachers at Birkdale asked Growtheatre to work with them to inspire them to take advantage of the amazing resource on their doorstep, Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens. With literacy as our focus, each year group were given a story to explore.  Growtheatre devised multi sensory, outdoor workshops for the children to explore the themes in the stories through a dramatic and creative exploration of environment.  The workshops provoked classroom based learning and creative writing.

“The whole experience inspired the boys to write fantastic stories back in the classroom. The boys’ imaginations had clearly been ignited!”

Victoria Roberts, Year 2 Teacher, Birkdale School


Clifton Park Museum – Stone Age School Sessions for KS2

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Growtheatre was delighted to win the tender to design two Key Stage Two Stone Age sessions for Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham. We wanted to do something a little bit different to the museum’s normal school sessions – so we suggested that we worked outside with a fire.  The Museum was completely up for it and so the session was designed to be led in Clifton Park next to the museum.  The photos show Y5s of a local Primary School taking part in the Stone Age session; activities include firelighting, archery, object handling, hunting mesolithic animals and building neolithic settlements.

“I am really pleased with the session. It covers everything we asked for and more. The children are engaged through activities which encourage them to take part and have a go. This is the first time we have offered an outdoor session in the park. Rachel with her experience of delivering Forest School style sessions was able to show us how these sessions could work and to give us confidence to deliver ourselves. The activities within the session were well thought out and had clear links to the Stone Age. They were suitable for the ages and there was enough variety to keep the children interested. Rachel is an excellent deliverer. She really engages the children though practical activities and drama and role play.”

Lorna Pedley, Learning Officer, Heritage Services, Clifton Park Museum


Abbey Lane Primary School, Carterknowle Junior School and Sharrow School – Outdoor Workshops Exploring Local Heritage

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Growtheatre and the education team at the Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods spent a day with each school exploring the local woods and its rich heritage. Each school participated in outdoor workshops and learnt about a different period in history that has had a significant impact on the development of the woods:  Neolithic era, Anglo Saxon period and the Early Industrial Revolution. The work led to us making a film called Sheffield’s Back Garden. The film tells the story of Ecclesall Woods from Neolithic times to the modern day.