Kite Workshops: requirements

Requirements for hosting a kite making workshop in school

Number of Students, 

  • up to 30 for one kite artist working in a classroom
  • up to 60 pupils with one or two kite artists – ( two classes together working in the hall with several staff / parents involved as assistants)
  • for larger groups the advance training method for staff is recommended in order to allow kites to be made in school without the artist. Alternatively the kite artist could work in one space and have different groups attend throughout the day working with 1-2 classes at a time
  • for investigative work it is suggested that we work with one class at a time.

Space required

  • Each student will need a few square feet of desk space  - this can work in the classroom but is often better in the hall.
  • Pupils usually work better at tables – standing or sitting but can work on the floor.
  • Artist needs a space at the front to address the group from and to layout the materials we’ll be using.
  • Access to the outdoors to the biggest available space the school can offer will be needed in order to fly the kites once they are made. If its raining, the kites can be test flown in the school hall by taking turns to run the length of the hall with the kite flying behind. If the hall is not available then kite flying will be led by the teacher another day.

Materials and equipment

  • A complete list of requirements will be provided once plans have been made regarding the particular needs of the school. All the kite materials will be provided by the kite artist. Schools will be asked to provide tables, pencils, scissors and if possible sellotape dispensers  Our aim is for each participant to end up with a kite that will fly at the end of the session.
  • We have a range of different kites to suit different ages groups and also can make the same style of kite with different ages by providing ready cut elements for younger or less able children.

Costs

  • The cost of each kite workshop varies with the type, size and complexity of the kite.  We will discuss all costs in advance and select kite designs that will be appropriate for your pupils, your project and your budget.

What can we achieve?

·      To encourage young people to work outdoors

·      To think creatively and to work together

·      To support teachers in recognising and nurturing creativity

·      To enrich personal and creative development

·      To learn about forces and how the wind works

What curriculum can we cover? - see our section on Kites and the curriculum.

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