The Creation Station, the nationwide creative arts and crafts activity provider, teamed up with Play-Doh, the iconic family brand from Hasbro, to deliver free educational workshops for schools across the UK. The initial plan was to offer twenty-five schools free hands-on workshops to support learning through creative activities in the classroom.
Over two hundred schools applied, and fifty-nine schools and nurseries were selected. The selection process was based on location and the availability of our one hundred plus Creation Station trained, DBS checked health and safety and first aid trained leaders.
The partnership between The Creation Station and Play-Doh and local schools enabled free creative and educational workshops for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. The list of schools who won the workshops have been contacted and are detailed below. Some of the enrichment and curriculum linked school workshops have already been delivered. The remaining creative school workshops will be delivered before November 2018. The initiative will engage over five thousand children in creative enrichment workshops across the UK. To find out about booking your own Creation Station workshops contact us
The following schools gained the free workshop opportunity:
- Gatehouse Primary, Dawlish.
- Cranbrook Education Campus, Devon
- Tedburn St Mary School, Tedburn St Mary
- The Links Primary, Stockton
- St Francis of Assisi CE Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees
- Holy Trinity Rosehill C.E. (VA) Primary, Upsall Grove
- Christ the King Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees
- Balmedie School, Aberdeenshire
- Broadgate Primary School, Leeds
- Froebelian Primary School, Leeds
- Queensway Primary School, Leeds
- Weetwood Primary School, Leeds
- Pencombe C of E School, Bromyard
- Westfield School, Leominster
- St Lawrence’s C of E, Ludlow
- St Peter’s Primary, Bromyard
- Bishop Hooper C of E Primary, Ludlow
- Mountfields Lodge Primary School, Loughborough
- St George’s CE Primary School, Worcester
- Sidemoor First School, Bromsgrove
- Lickey Hills Primary School, Birmingham
- Dodford First School, Bromsgrove
- Beaconside Primary School, Birmingham
- Oak Hill First School, Redditch
- Woodcock Hill Primary School, Birmingham
- Franciscan Children's Centre, Tooting
- Stretton Sugwas C of E Academy, Hereford
- Lugwardine Primary Academy, Hereford
- Garton Primary School, Garton-on-the-Wolds
- Bluecoat School, Birmingham
- Mere Green Primary, Sutton Coldfield
- Totterdown Preschool, Camberley
- Hollywood Pre-school Daycare, Birmingham
- Mereside Farm Children's Nursery, Solihull
- Knowle CE Primary Academy, Knowle
- Christchurch, Bolton
- Holy Rood Catholic Primary, Barnsley
- Bishops Henderson Primary School, Taunton
- Crow Orchard Primary School, Lancashire
- Trinity Primary School, Skelmersdale
- Mawdesley St Peters, Ormskirk
- Burscough Village Primary School, Ormskirk
- St John's CofE Primary School, Ormskirk
- St James (Daisy Hill) Primary School, Bolton
- Little Harrowden Community Primary School, Little Harrowden
- Highfield South, Farnham
- St Andrews Infant C of E School, Farnham
- Badshot Lea Village Infant School, Farnham
- William Cobbett Infant School, Farnham
- Westfield Primary School, Radstock
- Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford
- Maidenbower Playgroup, Crawley
- Warden Park Primary School, Haywards Heath
- Malvin's Close Primary, Blyth
- Beckers Green Primary School, Braintree
- Cullompton Pre School, Cullompton
- Landscore Primary School, Crediton
- Bede Burn Primary School, Jarrow
- Henry Chichele Primary School, Higham Ferrers
Mrs Jo Stonehill, Senior Leader and Extended Learning Teacher for Key Stage One in Highfield South Farnham School in Farnham said:
‘’All the children loved The Creation Station Play-Doh workshops that took place. Rebecca from The Creation Station brought in the fun, engaging activities that captured the imaginations of the children in reception, year one and year two. The classrooms were filled with a buzz of excitement as they set about their different challenges. The children in the reception class had the opportunity to make animals – which linked beautifully to their recent topic of animals and birds. Children in year one discussed emotions and how they can feel in different situations – perfect timing for the upcoming move into year two. in September. Children in year two used teamwork to create their own ‘Fantasy Island’, which were colourful and creative! The teachers would definitely welcome the workshops back into school if offered the opportunity’’.
The feedback from the children included the following comments:
‘I liked making the animals, mine was a penguin because we are Penguin Class’ – Child in reception class
‘This was SO fun, I love Play-Doh and we got to use it at school for a lesson’ – Child in year one.
‘This morning was so fun – we worked together to make an island and we got to keep the Play-Doh afterwards – I am going to do more Play-Doh modelling at home now!’ child in year two.
Sue Hall from The Blue Coat School and Nursery in Birmingham said:
“The children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and were all inspired to create some wonderful models. We liked how Emma from The Creation Station inspired the children to use images and discussion and encouraged them to think 'out of the box'. This enabled the children independently managed the creation of their own creature. The children were focussed on designing, colouring and drawing a habitat for their creature, and this really rounded off the session. The children displayed their growing ability to take responsibility for their own learning whilst having great fun. We look forward to another visit from The Creation Station”.
Sarah Cressall, founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station said “We are thrilled to have been able to support creative activities that help children own their learning and supports teachers to deliver the curriculum in a creative, fun and engaging ways"
Craig Wilkins, Marketing Director, Hasbro UK & Ireland said “Supporting creative play is the heart of the Play-Doh brand and nurturing creativity is an integral part of aiding children’s development so we are thrilled to be working with The Creation Station to support our teachers and the educational system” said Craig Wilkins, Senior Marketing Director, Hasbro UK & Ireland.
How We Work With You
Typically we work with you to help identify your key objectives for your pupils and we can tailor activities to meet your needs. Activities can be combined to create full art days. Alternatively, further enrichment and curriculum-based activities can be recommended and year groups can be combined if numbers permit.
Our workshops are developed in line with current curriculum requirements and with advice and support from educational experts. All of our Creation Station leaders are DBS checked, safeguarding trained, first aid and health and safety trained. All activities and products are assessed for safety and tried and tested with a risk assessment carried out in situ.
Workshops do get booked up quickly so if you would like to enquire about availability please contact us.
We can also support the work you do with high-quality:
- afterschool Create Clubs,
- creative sessions for P.P.A cover,
- support Parent Association fundraising
- art and Craft resources and products.
To find out more or discuss how we can help you further, please contact us.
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