Teachers looking for artists/creatives, and artists/creatives looking for schools to work with, are finding the Opportunities section of the A2:Connect website a great place to meet their perfect match. Ynysddu Primary School, near Caerphilly, found two fantastic creatives for their oracy, literacy and wellbeing work with Year 4 Pupils on A2:Connect – as Maggie James, Creative Agent, tells us.
We were looking for a storyteller, and someone to help pupils make a Storytelling Chair. The aim of the project was to boost Oracy, Literacy and Wellbeing for Year 4 pupils.
It was at one of your seminars. It seemed an obvious choice to sign up and I found the site very user-friendly.
We had a great response. Over three weeks, eleven people responded to the two opportunities, and were asked to attend a short interview at the school. They were asked to provide a 15-minute taster session for a group of six children, who were then involved in interviewing them.
All practitioners were wonderful, but two really stood out for this particular project. Jason Hicks, a prop maker and animator arrived with masks and goggles for children to wear, while they created a simple object that had to go through a few processes. The children were immediately engaged with the new materials and processes.
Storyteller Louise Osborn arrived with a package she had mysteriously found, which the group slowly unwrapped and discussed together. Both practitioners created an immediate bond with the children and demonstrated a great deal of imagination in their mini workshops. The children unanimously chose to work with them. Since then they have built a full scale Storytelling Chair and are developing stories from The Deep.
I’d definitely use the website again, it’s the ideal conduit to link teachers and practitioners and a great starting point for finding the right person or the right opportunity. Its direct, clear, easy to navigate and very user friendly.