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Touchstones is working with the national Schools Linking programme to explore issues around identity and community. Participating classes pair for the entire academic year and children spend time getting to know each other both inside and outside the Schools Linking sessions. The project engages 24 primary schools across the Borough, bringing together 1200 children from different backgrounds. Linked classes watch a performance together at M6 Theatre and explore key themes and ideas. They then take part in 2 artist-led workshops back in the classroom.

This year’s focus is on the waste reduction and sustainability. M6’s production Nest, raises questions about consumerism and how much we really need to be happy.  In workshops children explore the impact of waste on people and animals before developing shadow puppets with artist Vincent James and creative movement pieces with choreographer, Magdalen Bartlett (Afrocats).

A final celebration week in libraries takes place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 June and gives children a chance to reflect on their experiences and creations.

Schools Linking is supported by a grant from the Cultural Development Fund and coordinated by Rochdale Borough Council in partnership with Touchstones and M6 Theatre.

Find out more about Schools Linking