Adventures in Learning are interactive stories that take place in the classroom to motivate formal learning. They’re made with all the attention to detail and artistic values that characterises Coney’s work for adults, but are constructed in close collaboration with teachers to create an engaging narrative framework within which learning can be delivered.
Fran began working with Coney in 2009 and is a regular contributor to the Adventures in Learning programme.
A magical project that casts Birmingham’s children as heroes in a quest to find the genie’s lost story and bring their own tales of Arabian Nights to life. Presented by Coney, Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Rep.
Arabian Nights aims to engage Year 3 – Year 5 pupils in an interactive narrative adventure that will develop their creative writing skills, increase digital literacy and empower them as artists. Taking place over 4 weeks, it uses live performance, email, storytelling and involve pupils creating work alongside professional artists.
Writer and lead workshop facilitator
From Greek Gods who have been evicted from Olympus to explorers with no sense of direction, primary classes face an unusual day at school when strange characters burst into the classroom with a big problem that only pupils can fix. A world of possibilities open up when fossils are discovered beneath the playground, a lady with a mysterious suitcase needs help unlocking the contents and Zeus strides into the school hall.
Supporting writer and performer/facilitator
“The workshops that were tailor-made to fit our topics were both engaging and exciting for the children and adults! Coney made learning come to life and inspired every child…” Jehan Morbi, Assistant Head at St Eugene de Mazenod Primary School, London
A Cat Escapes
This six week project begins when a mysterious package arrives in the classroom with a call to adventure from Varjak Paw himself. The story unfolds across six episodes, each built around a different curriculum topic and using a blend of theatre, email and Royal Mail. Pupils engage with A Cat Escapes as a piece of storytelling whilst simultaneously completing many of their core learning objectives for the term.
“The most exciting and motivating project I’ve done in 22 years of teaching” Claire Lound, participating teacher at Furzedown Primary School
Coney joined the CBeebies’ Rhyme Rocket team to visit thousands of 4 to 7-year-olds around the UK and help save the universe ‘one rhyme at a time’. Inspired by all things poetic, our workshops introduced young audiences to the gigantic alien fly and amnesiac explorers.
We devised two workshops for the Rhyme Rocket tour, Alien Fly and Return from the Planet of Wow, that applied the principles of our Adventure in Learning to short workshops lasting half an hour.
More information: coneyhq.org/learning-participation