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At the first read-through of Scroogical, our new pantomime for 2016, we shared an enormous chocolate cake among those gathered. Not to name names (!) but our scriptwriter, composer, director, some of our actors, our production coordinator, a choreographer, some prop-design experts, and other team members – all had a piece! http://www.westendinschools.org.uk/blog/2016/5/17/why-pantomime-is-like-chocolate-cake

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Panto is a great way to entertain school children at Christmas time.The main purpose of a pantomime is light-hearted entertainment. Good old fashioned fun in other words! That cornerstone of the genre has stood strong over hundreds of years of ‘panto’. But who is in the audience, and how they are entertained has changed beyond all measure

http://www.westendinschools.org.uk/blog/2016/10/17/its-behind-you-the-story-of-pantomime 

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Now is a great time to inspire yet another generation of children with the wonders of Roald Dahl’s work. Our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Enormous Crocodile dance workshops are currently ‘flying off the shelf’!

http://www.westendinschools.org.uk/blog/2016/7/8/how-roald-dahl-inspired-me

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Wow! I've found 15 children's book awards in the UK. If you know of any others please let me know and send me a link if you can so that I can add them to my list.

http://www.theliteracyclassroom.co.uk/

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http://www.theliteracyclassroom.co.uk/#!euro-2016/rqwna

Football themed poems and classroom activities plus football themed fiction booklist.

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"Once again, West End in Schools delivered a five star pantomime to our pupils today. We look forward to their visit each year and every time it’s a treat."- Assistant Head, Burbage Junior School
http://www.westendinschools.org.uk/pantomime-feedback/

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Brilliant storytelling by Eoin Colfer. Suitable for lower key stage 2 and ideal for the newly independent reader. 

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After our performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at Hotham Primary School many of the pupils decided to write to us to say thank you to our actors Tim and Natalie and to ask us some questions. We've read every letter and loved them all. In this blog we're answering some of the children's questions.
http://www.westendinschools.org.uk/blog/2016/1/8/hotham-primary-school

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Thousands of schools, families and organisations take part in #Shakespeare Week every year.  In 2016 Shakespeare Week celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare’s creative legacy and it looks like it’ll be busier than ever. 
http://www.westendinschools.org.uk/blog/2015/12/14/lets-talk-about-shakespeare-today
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