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 COVID-19 and Lockdown, PSHE, Wellbeing

Age Group: 7-11 

 Hope is an engaging workshop for primary school children aged 7-11 which will explore their experiences and feelings surrounding lockdown though the safe context of a story.


Set in the Derbyshire village of Eyam after the plague of 1666, HOPE explores the amazing true story of the villagers' voluntary isolation that saved the lives of the surrounding communities.  

The children will be taken back in time by the character of Hope, the ten year old daughter of the village blacksmith,  as she shares her experiences and the events leading the great sacrifice made by the people of Eyam.  The children will explore the story through Hope’s diary that she has kept since the plague visited Eyam and changed her life forever.  They will step into the shoes of  the villagers and imagine their thoughts, feelings and actions.


Children will

  • Develop empathy and tolerance towards each other and acknowledge their different experiences of the COVID pandemic and lockdown.

  • Express their feelings, hopes and fears for the future.

  • Reconnect with classmates and friends in an exciting and creative way.

  • Explore the positive consequences of social distancing and staying safe.

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feedback on 'hope' ks2 programme


"Words in an email from a parent of a child who took part in this truly wonderful piece:


I just wanted to let you know that the Hope workshop made a big impression on my daughter (name removed). She came home very excited to tell us about it and then insisted that we (her, brother, Mum and Dad) re-enact the entire play with her, ending with the dropping of our leaves into a well and expressing our hopes and fears. It was clearly a well thought out and entertaining workshop because every detail appeared to have stayed with her. The fact that the school took the trouble to invest in this type of activity on top of all the additional planning and responsibilities that Covid has brought about, is really tremendous, thank you.

Well done The Playhouse - truly inspiring!

Also I must add that after a workshop, children were independently playing a game outside where they were sharing feelings and pretending to put these into the well. It has genuinely struck a cord with our children."

— Angela Lowry Headteacher
Raddlebarn Primary School

Touring: Autumn Term
Runtime: 90 Minutes 
Audience Capacity: Maximum 35 students per workshop

Requirements: School Hall or Large Cleared Classroom 


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