Helping schools deliver on British Values, Cultural Education and PE/Sport Curriculum

Halfway through Term 3 already and World Jungle has been delighted to have worked with so many schools over the past few weeks, delivering  a range of workshops to support the curriculum and extended learning opportunities. Popular choices of workshops have included:

  • The Road to Rio 2016 – Brazilian Carnival Music and Dance
  • Take a trip of discovery ‘Around the World’ through music, dance and art
  • Exploring British Values through creativity and the arts

Full details of these and other workshops from our schools programme can be found on the World Jungle Creative website:

NEW FOR SPRING 2016 – To link in with the celebrations of the Queen’s 90th Birthday this May, we have put together two specially themed workshops:

  • The Queen and the Commonwealth – Use music and dance to explore the wonderfully diverse and fascinating cultures of some of the different countries that make up the Commonwealth. Choose from workshops focusing on Ghana, Jamaica or India, celebrating differences between nations whilst looking at what connects people from around the world.
  • Dance like it’s 1926! – Celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday by stepping back in time to 1926 with our special Dance & Costume workshop and capture the spirit of the decade in which she was born.


Please do get in touch with us if you would like to find out more.


Spring in to Action!

A new project to get Cirencester Active in 2016

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Work has just started on a new project being launched in Spring 2016 to inspire more people in Cirencester to “Get Active, Get Outdoors and Get Healthy!”

‘Spring in to Action’ will work to raise the awareness of opportunities for health and fitness in the area,  establish a strategic approach to the provision of sports and physical activity across the town and also aim to particularly attract more people who are not currently engaged in sport and physical activities.

An exciting launch event will take place in the town on Saturday 2nd April, followed by a week of special events, taster workshops and promotions at venues across the area.  The focus of the project will be on inclusion, with the aim of attracting all ages and abilities, whilst promoting a broad range of activities to capture all interest areas.

Organisers hope to pull together sporting providers, local clubs, groups, organisations and venues as well as promoting the town’s parks, outdoor spaces and the wonderful natural environment on our doorstep.

The project is being delivered by health and community organisation World Jungle in partnership with Cirencester Town Council and support from Gloucestershire County Council ’s ‘Active Together’ fund.  Ben Ward, Director of World Jungle said:

“We are delighted to be back working in Cirencester on this project having been involved in delivering the successful  holiday activity programme (Summer off the Streets) for children and families across the Cotswolds for the last 5 years.

‘Spring in to Actionis about creating healthier communities.   The benefit of taking part in more sports and physical activities goes far beyond just improving our physical health.  It is important to our mental well-being too and is also a fantastic tool for bringing people and communities together.

Activities planned for the week will be diverse and range from traditional sports, football, rugby and cricket to pilates, martial arts and yoga; walking, swimming and cycling, to Tea Dances and Zumba marathons.  Our aim is to not only promote the opportunities available in the town but also to open people’s minds to new possibilities and encourage them to try something new.”


Organisers are also keen to hear from local groups and clubs in the area and would encourage as many as possible to get involved in this project as a way to help promote what they offer and attract new members and volunteers.  Ben Ward continues:

“We believe ‘Spring in to Action’ can also support local clubs and groups to attract new members and volunteers and would encourage them to get involved in the project.   We also hope to encourage people thinking about setting up new classes or starting out in health and fitness to consider trialling their new venture during this week where they will be supported by widespread marketing.”


Look out for more details of this project coming soon.  If you belong to a club or group that would like to be involved, please contact Ben Ward on 07889 512644, email or visit .


Bringing the Sounds of Brazilian Carnival to Gloucestershire

With thanks to funding from Make Music Gloucestershire, the profile of World Jungle’s Samba Drumming workshops was raised significantly and we were able to build on the work of the initial project and go on to deliver workshops for children in many other Gloucestershire schools too.

Back in 2015, with funding from Make Music Gloucestershire, World Jungle worked with Rednock Secondary School in Dursley to deliver a Samba drumming programme offering a unique addition to the existing music provision in the school.  It enabled a broad range of students to gain experience of music and rhythms from other parts of the world, namely South America, and also begin to explore the links with African drumming more generally.

For those pupils that developed specific interest to develop their skills further, an ‘after-school’ programme was set up enabling them to be tutored in more specific rhythms and working towards the formation of a future youth-based Samba/African Drumming Group for the local area.  Those involved had the opportunity to also explore how they could use the instruments of Samba to develop other styles of music including samba reggae, hip hop and breakbeat and other more modern forms of music associated with youth culture.

As part of this project, Samba workshops were also run for other youth groups in the area to enjoy including the Explorer Scouts and Guides; sharing the sounds of samba and teaching about its origins and the role it plays in the Favelas of Rio.

The aim of World Jungle’s Samba Workshops is to introduce children and young people to the amazing musical experience that samba can be and in some way capture the essence of Brazilian carnival music.  Workshops provided by our Samba team give participants the opportunity to join in some basic rhythm games, hear different samba rhythms, learn about the different rhythms and even try their hand at playing in front of their peers.
Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“Samba is a fantastic way to engage children in music.  No special musical skills are required. Once given their instruments and the infectious rhythms are playing, within minutes the group becomes a band, inspiring confidence and promoting a feeling of community and team spirit.”

From our project with Rednock School supported by Make Music Gloucestershire, the profile of World Jungle’s Samba Workshops was raised considerably and we have seen much interest from other schools in our local area, with sessions already having been organised for a number of primary schools including Cam Woodfields, Dursley Primary, North Nibley and Hillesley.

As we look towards 2016 and in particular the Olympic Games this summer in Rio, Samba Drumming workshops are a fabulous way to introduce, celebrate and explore other cultures.  Please do get in touch with our Creative Schools Team on 01453 548 880, email or visit if you would like to find out more.

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Inspiring Dursley to get dancing!

Was learning to dance one of your resolutions for the New Year?  Or perhaps you have resolved to try and get more active and make healthy changes to your lifestyle? Or even just to step out of your comfort zone and try something new? Now there are even more opportunities locally to help you keep to your resolutions and make real and positive changes for 2016.

In addition to their regular weekly programme of health and fitness classes, local community organisation World Jungle is organising a series of special ‘one off’ dance workshops to take place over the year at venues across Cam and Dursley.  The first will take place on Saturday 30th January 10am – 12noon at the Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Dursley when you are invited to come and learn the ‘Cheeky Charleston’ as seen on Strictly Come Dancing.

The dance workshop will be led by guest tutor Claire Phipps from the Showgirl Academy in Bristol who has run a number of popular dance workshops in the town over the past few years. Claire said:

“I am delighted to be invited back to Dursley and I’m really looking forward to deliver this session which is always great fun.  We will take a trip back to the 1920’s and learn some of the vintage dance moves that were once danced by flappers. The ragtime-jazz music is infectious and you won’t be able to stop smiling as you learn the quirky and witty charleston steps, including grannies knee caps, the hitchhiker and the shoe shine.”

Organiser Jane Manning from World Jungle said:

“There are so many good reasons to get dancing – It’s a fun, social way of keeping fit, great for both your physical health and mental wellbeing.  What’s more, regardless of age, experience or ability, anyone can dance.”

Tickets for the two hour workshop cost £8.  No partner is needed and all ages and abilities are welcome.  Just wear normal fitness or comfortable clothes, dance shoes or flat pumps –  a swishy dress or skirt is optional! There are limited spaces, so booking is advisable by contacting Jane Manning at World Jungle on 07878 865297, email or visit .

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Step back in time at the Lister Hall Tea Dance

A wonderful afternoon of music and entertainment is being planned on Thursday 28th January at the Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Dursley as organisers try and capture the spirit of traditional Tea Dances.

It is hoped the event will attract lots of local people to the venue which has played such an important role in the town’s history.  Local community organisation World Jungle is assisting the Chantry Centre to put on the event by bringing the entertainment including singers and dances to add sparkle and encourage people to the dance floor.

Jane Manning from World Jungle said:

“We hope that the Lister Hall Tea Dance will prove a popular event and one that can become a regular feature on the town’s calendar.  The Chantry Centre is a great space to bring the community together and is used by lots of local groups of all ages.  It is a resource we should try and build on for the town.

We were particularly pleased to be involved in this event as it links well to our ‘Full of Life’ project which has seen us run many events at the Chantry Centre over the past 18 months particularly aimed at older people in our community, helping to bring people together and create healthier, happier communities.”

The event is free entry and everyone is very welcome.  There will be a variety of refreshments on sale during the afternoon including tea and cakes.  For more information, please contact Jane Manning at World Jungle on 01453 548880, email    or visit the World Jungle website:

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