An activity week I ran in partnership with Guildford Borough Council
Stig of the dump
The Stig Activities week was based on the popular children’s story, Stig of the Dump by Clive King and activities included drama and storytelling, circus skills and movement, clowning, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and free play.
Stig was aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 11. The main themes were friendship, recycling and the environment. ‘Stig’ provides an integrated and interactive learning environment to stimulate children’s interest in literacy through play and to encourage self-esteem through the arts and team work. The facilitators are professional artists and creative arts therapists who are highly qualified, active practitioners in their fields with extensive experience. The small groups ensure that the delivery is truly child-centred with each child receiving focused and positive attention. The therapeutic based programme uses creative techniques to strengthen the child’s self-esteem through play and storytelling activities. Importantly, it also encouraged confidence in the child’s own abilities in a non academic environment and supported relationships between children of differing needs and abilities encouraging a sense of community and belonging.
‘Stig’ is a direct response to national government and local educational initiatives such as Every Child Matters, the Children’s Plan, health promotion initiatives within the National Service Framework, The Family Learning Strategy, Surrey Children and Young Peoples’ Plan, extended schools, Guildford Borough’s Play and Art Development Strategies to name a few. The scheme links in with the Keystage 2 curriculum particularly with the SEAL aims and objectives and guess what it was great fun too…one boy’s mum arrived to take him to Thorpe Park but he chose to stay at the Stig Activity week instead!