Children aged 7 and above are invited to come and have fun in our drama class provided by Knots Arts
Knots Arts offers A creative space to untangle social knots
Cassie from Knots Arts says: "Our mission is to create inclusive, friendly and fun sessions were children and young people feel safe and supported to develop their communication skills and build friendships. By meeting others who understand the challenges that social communication difficulties can bring, children are able to work together to embrace their differences and overcome any obstacles that they may present."
The drama sessions consist of games and activities which are designed to support the development of team working, language processing and understanding of speech. Each session begins with a sharing of news from our week, followed by drama games appropriate to the ability of the group and culminating in a drama activity such as story-telling, physical theatre or improvisation. The children contribute ideas for characters and storylines which are included and interwoven ensuring everyone is involved. We end with a group sharing of how we have done and what we enjoyed. The classes are very fluid, with activities suggested by the children and adapted to suit their ideas and interests. Children with any disability and with any level of need are welcome to take part.
Class time: 4.00 - 4.45pm every Tuesday during term time
For those aged 7 and above, children with additional needs and siblings all welcome. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Free of charge but donations are welcome. Parents are welcome to stay in the room with their child or to come downstairs and have a cup of tea/coffee with the Skylarks staff, volunteers and other parents.
OUR DRAMA CLASSES ARE HELD IN A COVID-COMPLIANT ENVIRONMENT. THIS MEANS THAT ALL ADULTS WILL WEAR MASKS, WE WILL ENCOURAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING, EVERYONE WILL WASH OR SANITISE THEIR HANDS BEFORE ENTERING THE BUILDING AND TEMPERATURES WILL BE TAKEN USING A DIGITAL CONTACTLESS THERMOMETER.
Our staff and volunteers are testing themselves regularly for Covid-19 using Lateral Flow Tests. You are encouraged to do so too.
- You need to book EACH child in, so that we know numbers to expect
- If you have not booked, you will unfortunately not be able to attend
What do I need to do before I come?
Please bring a mask and/or visor with you for all adults (unless exempt).
Please book online.
What will happen when I arrive at the Crossway Centre?
Everyone must sanitise their hands on arrival and before leaving.
All adults and children will have their temperature taken using a digital contactless thermometer.
You will be asked to wear a mask and/or visor, unless you are exempt. Children do not have to wear a mask but may do so.
Buggies and prams must be left outside if possible, under the fire escape. For those who need their buggy/wheelchair inside because of medical equipment etc, please leave it at the far end of the hall where it will not obstruct exits or access to the lift.
What do sessions at the Crossway Centre look like?
All staff and volunteers will wear face masks and/or visors. The staff will also wear purple Skylarks T-shirts, so that you can recognise us!
The staff will encourage social distancing. This means that you will be encouraged to come only for the activity you have booked in for and not to stay and chat unfortunately.
There is a lift to the first floor.
Skylarks staff or volunteers can make you a cup of tea or coffee. Please keep all hot drinks out of the reach of children.
You may bring your own snacks, but please do not share them and please do not bring anything containing nuts or sesame. Please do not leave water bottles where they might be used by others. Please supervise your children when eating to make sure they don’t leave food lying around and please clean up any spillages or leftovers.
If your child has a toileting accident, we ask you to clean up. We will provide gloves and cleaning materials. Please have a spare set of clothes with you.
Donations can be made by contactless card reader, not in cash.
Anyone who is feeling unwell or showing any Covid-19 symptoms is asked not to attend. The symptoms can vary from person to person and from adults to children but may include:
· a high temperature
· a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
· a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
· breathing difficulties
· vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps in children
When booking, you will need to tick to say that you agree with the following statements and procedures:
· I confirm that my family and I do not have symptoms of Coronavirus and will cancel our booking if we develop symptoms
· I confirm that my family and I have not knowingly been in close contact with anyone with a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the last 2 weeks
· I confirm that my family and I have not returned from any country requiring quarantine in the last 2 weeks
· I will follow the Coronavirus safety routines used by Skylarks
Thank you for helping to make Skylarks a safe place for everyone