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1st - 2nd of March: The Smeds and the Smoos - World Book Day at Ridgeway School...

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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