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Special Offer, Richmondshire Schools!

Richmondshire Schools Workshop Discount

Ron Wood

Learning is Fun!

Schools within ten miles of Richmond, North Yorkshire now qualify or an automatic £50 reduction from the cost of any of our fantastic school workshops.

This applies to Seaside Day, Pirate Day, Magic Maths, Roman Day or Puppet Workshops.

I have been delivering workshops in schools on a regular basis for over five years. Although I am extremely busy with many schools re booking year after year, a great deal of my work is in the Midlands, London and the Home Counties.

There are many primary schools in Richmond, Catterick Garrison, Bedale, Leyburn, Darlington, Barnard Castle and the villages close by who will now qualify for a preferential rate.

I am quite keen to do more work in local schools and would welcome calls from teachers who may be considering engaging my services.

If you would like to know more about what I offer or have any questions either fill in the enquiry form (recommended) or try my mobile 07984 495089.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ron Wood




Working in a classroom

Working in Classrooms

One of the questions teachers often ask me when they are thinking about booking a workshop is whether or not we need to use the school hall. If there will only be one class involved teachers often prefer to work in their own classroom.

A large classroom is fine for most of our workshops but space is always a consideration. The photo below shows our Punch and Judy Show set up for Seaside Day in a classroom.


Punch and Judy Show in a classroom

Punch and Judy set up in a classroom


Most of our workshops can easily be run in a classroom. The only exception is Circus Skills which would need to be in the hall unless the furniture is removed to give the required floor space. They did actually do this for me at one school I visited, however this was an exception.

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Rewarding Experiences

Following a most enjoyable days work at Wooley Wood Special School in Sheffield I was contemplating the value of such a visit and as I thought about it I realised that probably everyone involved had benefited in one way or another.

I had performed a puppet show for the whole school at the beginning of the day and then ran puppet making workshops for each year group.

The show was very well received and the audience responded enthusiastically. I was in my element  performing ( as usual ) and the adults were relaxing and getting involved as much as the children. We all had a great time!

The puppet making workshops were also lots of fun and because the method was uncomplicated it meant that children of varying levels of ability could still participate. The children and the adults worked together in small groups and between them they produced some excellent simple but effective puppets.

Looking back on the day I do feel it was successful and worthwhile.

  • The children had thoroughly enjoyed the show and had then been involved in a practical activity where they had an oportunity to exercise their creativity by helping to plan and make a puppet.
  • The adults were able to enjoy a shared experience organised by someone else which meant that they could concentrate even more on getting the best out of the children.
  • I had the satisfaction of meeting and working with a team of dedicated people in demanding jobs and to feel that I had made a positive contribution to their current project.

Here are some comments from the teachers and staff:

  • Very funny and entertaining, the children enjoyed it immensely
  • Brilliant, captivated the children and they all enjoyed it
  • Very good entertainment for the children, kept them enthralled
  • The puppet show was very good and the children really enjoyed it as well as the staff. The workshop was very good too as the children were able to take part and make a puppet that was simple and effective
  • The show was good fun and the children were all engaged. It was a very appropriate level for the children to understand, enjoy and be involved in
  • The children enjoyed very much. Very good experience

Here are a few pictures I took of some of the puppets.

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