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Spark at Home Sessions

In this section you will find links to range of wonderful online sessions that are being run by the amazing Spark Arts. As you will be aware  we work closely with The Spark , who offer wonderful arts led sessions many of which we have taken part in school and have been thoroughly enjoyed by all pupils. Follow the links below to see the range of video sessions being offered. They will be amazing! 

Spark at Home Sessions - This Week
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Wednesday at 11am

Tune in for musical activities with our next session of "Rhythm Play Express" with artist Dave "Stickman" Higgins. Bring a teddy, cup, sponge and a ball and get ready to tell a story on cushion mountain. For children aged 0-7

Join us tomorrow at 11am
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Wednesday at 2pm

Feeling crafty, join us tomorrow for our next session of "Paper Palace" with artist Sophie Cullinan 

Transform your room into a Paper Palace and get ready to make a little duck and a pond for it to swim in

Join us tomorrow at 2pm

If you missed either Dave "Stickman" Higgins or Sophie Cullinan's sessions last week then catch up on the Paper Play session here and Spider session here.

As always we would love to see your pictures and videos getting involved, don't forget to share them with us here on Facebook

Other Activities to do at Home
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Once Upon a Time Storytelling

Once Upon a Time Storytelling by Leicester Libraries and Community Centres is back! Catch up on all the stories so far on this special YouTube playlist . Here's Paul telling a story for younger children called Rupa the Elephant. 

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Shhh...akespeare challenge?

Are you taking the Shhh...akespeare challenge? Available for all brave souls aged 9+ years old. Free until 1 May!

A range of online activities by Jayne Williams - from acting out the script, creative writing and inventing emojis, there's even a quiz called Bard or Ballad?

Perfect if you're in a classroom or in your living room. Share your photos, words or artworks with New Perspectives Theatre Company

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Off School

We love Off School - a free website full of ideas for home learning and fun activities.

Have a browse through the Activity Zone for some ideas for the week ahead with great links to websites that support families across lots of topics and themes.

Shows to Enjoy Online
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Hansel and Gretel

The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel by the brilliant Open Theatre Company and Metro Boulot Dodo.

The perfect family show to put a big smile on your face this weekend

Download fun activities and and resources to make your experience a Relaxed Performance

Watch it Online
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I Want My Hat Back

A Spark favourite, Jon Klassen's bestselling story ‘I Want My Hat Back’ is brought to life by Little Angel Theatre with beautiful set and puppets. 

A true stay at home project, all made out of recycled materials found at home. We’d love to see your cardboard creations. For ages 3-6years

Watch it Online
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Whatever the Weather

A favourite from Spark Festival 2018.

Only a few days left to watch Whatever the Weather from M6 Theatre online for free

Don't forget to share what Mr Rain & Mrs Sunshine inspire you to do, Ages 3-7 

Watch it Online

Don't forget to make sure you catch the latest episodes by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and setting a reminder for this week's videos

Keep up-to-date with our Spark at Home creative resources by signing up for our mailing list.


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Logos: Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and The Spark


The City Classroom have also sent us lots of interesting and exciting things to share with you. Take a look below.


Here is a link to a set of digital resources, inspired by our show Moon Song, which we created instead of touring the show in the North East, which we would have been doing last week: The show was made originally for young audiences on the autistic spectrum (though of course is accessible to many others). We’ve already had some really positive feedback from families and schools welcoming the resource as something which can be added to online learning platforms.



Creative Learning Services, based at County Hall in Glenfield provide books, resources and artefacts, artworks, museum learning, pupil sessions and support to schools throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Usually we are out in schools every week delivering these services but obviously we have had to change and adapt what we do so we can still support those teachers still in schools and parents and pupils learning from home. Through our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter @midlandscls  we are posting daily book quizzes and recommendations, art demos, competitions, mystery museum objects and quizzes that can be accessed by anyone and are proving really popular.

Subscribing schools are also being supported with bespoke book talking, art and other sessions through specially filmed video links. Please take a look at what we’re doing.



A range of online dance resources.

Strictly Come Dancing Family Fun:


Contemporary Dance Classes for 10-14 year olds:


And some examples of our creative curriculum:


Barefoot Yarns - jump inside some of children’s most loved stories for some exciting dance adventures and craft activities:



This is the link to the Leicester museum activities at home page

This is the link to our Facebook page where lots of resources and information is being uploaded daily.



Please find below, links to the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and the 1620s House & Garden at Donington le Heath.



Two more additions to The Spark’s ‘Spark at Home’ offer:


The Spark’s Creative Learning Toolkit  This resource:

- Comprises a set of 3 resource packs, following the themes of NATURE, RHYTHM and RECYCLING, offering a curated selection of high-quality creative activities of various lengths and art-forms

- Is designed with children aged 4-11 in mind and is suitable for use with groups of children of different ages, learning together

- Is structured to support your child to gain their Discover Arts Award certificate and we have created a special log book for this and will cover the costs of getting the award. Printed copies of the log book are available, upon request, from


Stories from Home

Every Wednesday throughout May and June, a new short story, created by a storyteller in their home, will be released.  Click on the link for the titles, and the stories released so far.




Try out Bollywood dance classes online:


While we are on isolation, our team have produced learning resources designed for young people with SEND to explore at home. With messy activities, painting, cutting out and sticking, it's a perfect way to keep your creative juices flowing during this odd time.


Baby People artists have recorded Hip Hop lesson videos and challenges for young people that can be done at home. They are available on: and can be watched at!AlTWUUM9xCpYvRI1QS4Uj_EKToJl where there are also lots of worksheets and activities that young people can do independently or parents / carers can use for home educating. The folders and videos will be updated weekly.


Sign up to ‘Bamboozle Bites’ – regular emails with hints and tips on three different themes: Multi-sensory Environments/Activities; Drama Ideas and Behaviour Management Strategies


Mystery Object Challenges (using historical artefacts), competitions and regular facts and information.

Twitter: @midlandscls


A range of stories for younger and older children read by members of the team.


Poetry activities linked to Raddlesham Mumps – KS2

Three lessons packed with games, word-play and inspiration for creative writing.


Highlights of their artefact collection and digital content from the Space Communications team:

Artefact Wiki –
YouTube Channel –


Kids ‘At-Home’ Activities – Scratch tutorials.   Try ‘growing art’, ‘building a machine with character parts’ or even creating a ‘virtual pet’!


‘Spark at Home’ - a series of short films to support children’s learning at home.  In ‘Rhythm Play Express’, Dave “Stickman” Higgins is cooking up rhythm recipes of sounds, words and movement; while in ‘Paper Palace’, Sophie Cullinan helps you to create incredible objects using newspaper and card.