One Giant Leap
One Giant Leap is a cultural offer developed for children aged 7-9, and incorporates partnerships from professional physical theatre artists from Highly Sprung, Warwick Arts Centre, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Coventry Transport Museum.
The project provides cultural experiences for children as participants, producers and performers. Using physical drama and movement to inspire children to engage in themes that explore maths and science as a way of unlocking potential and increasing aspirations as learners.
‘Pupils were given time to reflect, look, ponder, use their bodies to express themselves. They could be creative, work individually, in pairs, groups, with an artist, supported or independently. There was plenty for visual...and kinaesthetic learners.’
One Giant Leap Includes...
"You were telling a story with your body without using any words, like us." Participant
An opportunity for participants to see professional physical theatre in a professional venue.
In 2017 800 children aged 7-9 saw a production of Highly Sprung's new production Tree, exploring genetics, DNA and promoting the importance of science.
The live performance element of One Giant Leap provides children with an understanding of physical performance and how it can be used to explore topics that they are familiar with from their classroom curriculum.
"I was wondering, imagining and asking myself questions. I showed curiosity by exploring and experimenting to find something out." Participant
As part of the project every child is invited to an inspiration day at a cultural/heritage venue.
Children took part in interactive dance and drama tours, responding creatively to exhibition content, using physical processes, such as understanding the way an engine works through recreating it physically, using dance and storytelling to make connections with the exhibitions.
“You learn maths and creative curriculum science just with your body The One Giant Leap project is a very amazing project to do.” Participant
Each school involved in the One Giant Leap Project receives four days of in-school delivery with artists from Highly Sprung.
The four days provide opportunities for children to work practically with artists using physical performance to explore topics related to the project theme and inspired by the maths and science curriculum. The result of the four artist days is a short presentation celebrating the children's achievements.
"I love working with Highly Sprung they help your learning and make it fun. Highly Sprung will help you get unstuck and help you learn fractions in a fun way." Participant
An outcome event at the end of the project gives each child the opportunity to showcase performance work made with artists in school.
In 2017 the sharing event brought together 360 children at Warwick Arts Centre to present work exploring environmental problems and how plants might be a solution.
Outcome events invite parents friends and family to share in the learning journeys of the participating children.
If your school is interested in becoming a One Giant Leap partner or if you would like more information about the project please get in touch...
One Giant Leap 2019 takes place from January to May.
The project offers 60 student places to each school partner
Read more about the original project pilot 'First Steps' and its impact on the schools and children involved in the evaluation report written by Jo Trowsdale, Associate Professor of Arts and Culture in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick.