Delight in Shakespeare
“Delight in Macbeth has been one of my favourite parts of my teaching career. It’s been a great reminder of why I got into teaching.” Teacher, 2018
Delight in Shakespeare is a partnership between Delight, our partner schools, and the award winning Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC). Between 2015-2018, Delight in Shakespeare has reached 2,013 pupils & over 825 community members. In the 2018-19 academic year, 14 schools will be taking part in our 'Delight in Dream' programme, bringing 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' to life for Year 5 children (aged 9-10 years).
The programme starts with a performance of the play, performed by professional actors and specially tailored to its younger audience. A narrator will link the scenes and recap the story at key moments, whilst, most importantly, keeping Shakespeare’s original language. Pupils will also be able to take roles within the performance, giving them a rare opportunity to play alongside the professional actors.
Over the following weeks, children plan, rehearse and design their our performance, supported by workshops co-led by GSC actors and class teachers. The programme ends with children presenting their own performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to fellow students, families and the local community. During the 6-weeks of the programme, children will also undertake other curriculum-linked activities, reinforcing their learning and creating an immersive experience throughout the half-term of delivery. Each child earns the Discover level of the nationally certified Arts Award, formally recognizing their creative achievements. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities and resources ensure that teachers are engaged, supported in delivery, and gain lasting skills to use with future cohorts of children.
Our Delight in Shakespeare programme focuses on a different play each year - our 2017-18 programme, for example, introduced children to 'Macbeth'. We evaluate our impact using pre- & post-project whole class surveys, and track 4 pupils against detailed social, academic and artistic outcomes using teacher and pupil input.
Delight in Watts
“This is such an empowering thing for the children, to see their creative side encouraged and celebrated in public. It plays to the strengths of those that are less academic and broadens horizons and experiences of those at that are more academic. My son has loved the entire experience!” Parent 2018
Delight in Watts is run in partnership with Watts Gallery Artists Village and Paintbox, a local arts organisation. Between 2015-2018, some 612 pupils & 432 community members have taken part in Delight in Watts, and over 430 family members have visited the children's public exhibitions at the Gallery. Ten schools will be taking part in Delight in Watts during the 2018-19 academic year.
Delight at Watts engages Year 4 children (aged 8-9) in the enjoyment of learning about and creating art. Each class of children will have an immersive day at Watts Gallery Artist Village, Compton, including an onsite art workshop. They will then have 6 sessions with two professional artists over a four week period to create their own art work that will be exhibited in the gallery at the end of the half term. The children and their families will visit the gallery to have a private viewing of the exhibition and provide the children with the chance to show their parents around the gallery.
During the 6-weeks of the programme, children will also undertake other curriculum-linked activities, reinforcing their learning and creating an immersive experience throughout the half-term of delivery. Each child earns the Discover level of the nationally certified Arts Award, formally recognizing their creative achievements. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities and resources ensure that teachers are engaged, supported in delivery, and gain lasting skills to use with future cohorts of children.
The Delight in Watts exhibition is held in the Old Kiln at Watts Gallery and is open to the public. We will update our upcoming events page to keep you informed of exhibition dates.
Delight in Reading
"Thank you so much for all your amazing work! We appreciate so much all you do for us. The children were so excited to show their parents and siblings their books and the joy on their faces when they found what they were looking for was just gorgeous!" Headteacher
Delight in Reading is our whole school programme, in which we work to ensure each child we support has books in their home. Children receive vouchers for two free books at book fairs during the school day, and after school they can come back with their families to choose more books at a nominal 30p charge.
Delight in Reading 2017-18 was delivered in partnership with 11 primary schools across Surrey reaching 3,459 children with 8,565 books.
The books we pass on are pre-loved and excellent quality. We work with primary schools to collect books that children have outgrown. We think it is important for the future generation to understand the power of generosity and how their kindness can impact another child’s life so we put a great deal of energy into thanking children for donating.
Businesses also play a key role in helping Delight collect the large number of books we need. A wide range of businesses run book collections.
Young people aged 14-18 volunteer work with Delight on a weekly basis to collect and sort the donated books. The young people run some of the book fairs and directly pass on the donated books to the children we support. Our Delight Young Volunteer programme supports the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
We work with businesses who are interested in offering staff volunteer days. Staff members sort donated books in the morning and run book fairs at our supported schools in the afternoon.