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The Ridgeway School in Kempston invited Spectrum to deliver workshops for their pupils for World Book Day. The theme: The Smeds and The Smoos by Julia Donaldson is a story about two groups of aliens who at first don’t like each other but then end up becoming friends. The team had to take the book and work out ways of exploring it for 3 different groups! Jade and Sarah went in first to deliver immersive, sensory workshops for the PMLD students! They decorated the space with lights, fabrics and lots of things to touch, move and explore. They chose some main points from the story to explore in sensory offerings - including jelly in pots

from the jerberrycoot fruits from the stories, dressing up as aliens and going through the wurpular woods and smelling rose petals as they floated through the air from a far-off planet!

But the story was far from over. The next day, Jade and Poppy delivered four sessions in the morning, where once again the students became aliens and explored distant planets through dance and acting. Then in the afternoon, Jade and Poppy co-led the school’s oldest class where they created their own dance routine and showed off their skills the next day in assembly. Teachers were mesmerised with how the sessions helped engage the children and were delighted to see the children interacting and being creative, with one saying,

“Fantastic immersive session for World Book Day.”

"Jade came in to run a World Book Day workshop based on The Smeds and The Smoos. The children were completely enthralled and engaged with every activity! They enjoyed dancing, drama and singing at an appropriate level to suit their needs. A wonderful session!"
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This February half term, Jade and Sarah created an immersive, sensory performing arts workshop based on the book ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson. On Monday they transformed a hall into an immersive space, with gazebos, coral reefs, blue material canopies, bubble tubes, lights and more!

On Tuesday they were joined by BDCPS where they delivered sessions for 10 of their young people culminating in a full group dance and song using the jellyfish the performers had made on the day! Over the following 3 days, with a team of 6 1:1s, they delivered 10 workshops for 60 participants with complex and profound disabilities and additional needs!

The participants explored coral reefs, swam with fishes, danced with jellyfish, sang with a giant octopus and even partied with mermaids through different sensory activities and offerings. The workshops were differentiated for each group and we welcomed a wide range of ages and needs from a 1-year-old through to PMLD performers in their 50s!

The sessions were free and funded by Central Beds Council and took place at The Chiltern School in Houghton Regis. We thank them both for their support in making these sessions happen and look forward to working with them again in the future.

The feedback from participants and parent/carers has highlighted even further just how important sessions like this are! Have a look for yourself…

"Brilliant! So lovely to have somewhere my girls can come to and enjoy themselves. All the carers are so caring and understand special needs.”

“Thank you so much…for the best morning!! We had such a great time and now I cannot get the songs out of my head! I can only imagine how much planning must have gone into the session to make it so inclusive and immersive for everyone. Thank you for creating these sorts of wonderful opportunities for our children!”

“Just wanted to feedback to you how much my son Max enjoyed your session on Wednesday morning... I think his carers did too! It sounded really good! The feedback from the carers was so positive! I was so pleased that you offered something to over 18’s , it’s very rare to find anything appropriate for young adults with complex disabilities to do. This was right up his street.”
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  • Writer's pictureLottie Maguire

Spectrum has got participants’ Easter holidays covered: either three days of performance skills classes, full of dancing and singing OR a sensory exploration out of this world! These holiday activities are free to all participants thanks to funding from Central Bedfordshire Council.

There will be two lots of workshops taking place during the 12th, 13th and 14th of April this Easter: Musical Theatre Camp and Outta this World - a series of one-off sensory workshops!

Musical Theatre Camp

These sessions are a marvellous opportunity for those at the Thursday performance skills sessions or those who love performance skills but want to learn more about these workshops. They are ideal for those who thrive in a structured setting and are able to follow instructions.

The participants will not only learn about using creative outlets to express themselves but will also make new friends and work together to put on an amazing show. Faye will lead the sessions and will even get them to showcase their talent to the parents in the final session.

Outta this World

Put on your astronaut suit and hop into a rocket with Jade and Sarah and explore outer space - and find out whether the moon is really made of cheese! Through musical instruments and props, participants will create a story about the experiences of seeing new planets and meeting aliens. These sessions are targeted at sensory seekers who need higher levels of support to engage in the sessions.

Each session will have a different theme, with Sensory Storytelling, Sensory Music and Sensory Movement all available to explore!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the sessions this week and we CAN’T WAIT to explore with you!

Dates: 12th, 13th and 14th April 2023

Location: The Chiltern School, Houghton Regis, LU5 5PX

Sign-up for these sessions has now closed.

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