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In-School Sessions

In school workshop session

School Story Quests

Immersive story experiences in your school – perfect for an unusual twist on your literacy lessons and enrichment days.

Our glorious story pumpkin (a custom-made Lotus Belle tent) can be easily installed into a space within your school (9m2) where it will transform into a hobbit hole, a dragon’s cave and a myriad of other magical worlds. The pumpkin can be hired for a single day or for 3-day and 5-day residencies, enabling the whole school to enjoy the fun. Each session in the pumpkin can accommodate up to 35 students.

Early Years, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

The Dragon’s Egg
Enter a Dragon’s Cave and find a mysterious out-sized egg which will hatch into a baby dragon! Your students will think about the life cycle, as well as needing to decide how to look after this baby dragon and keep it entertained, before joining in with interactive storytelling from a range of captivating picture books featuring dragons. With songs, games and themed craft activities, this session is sure to be a hit with your class.

Key Stage 1

A World of Dragons
Enjoy an interactive storytelling session with puppets, costumes, multisensory props and lots of joining in, inside a dragon’s cave. Students will learn to retell the story and then create their own dragon story to tell, considering character, setting and plot structure. Our spellbinding stories include tales from England (St George and the Dragon), Wales (The Mabbinog), Poland (Smok Valvelski), Romania (Stan Bolovan) and China (The Four Dragons).

Key Stage 2 & 3

Hobbits and Dragons
Hear about the wondrous worlds of Middle Earth in our very own Hobbit Hole. Students will join in with the story, taking the parts of orcs, elves and trolls and participating in a range of interactive, multisensory activities including story sacks, puzzles and puppets to re-live a little hobbit’s great adventure to find gold. Along the way, students will also discover how JRR Tolkien was inspired to write his fantastic tales.

Hobbits and Dragons – workshop sessions
Each storytelling is followed by workshop session of your choice. Choose from a drama, speaking and listening or written outcome based on the following:

  • Museum maker – design a spine-chilling dragon cave to go into The Story Museum based on close-reading an extract from the text. An excellent way to put inference skills into practice.
  • Heroes & villains – explore the representations of goodies and baddies in the tale, then invent your own characters, ready to write or perform a new chapter in the story.
  • Wizarding wordplay – examine how Tolkien’s fascination with language led him to invent a range of new words for other worlds. Then create a new character with its own dotty dialogue and loopy language.

World Storytelling

Early Years to Key Stage Two

Listen to stories from around the world, take part in interactive activities related to the themes, and be inspired to make your own animal story using the same structure.

Sessions can last from 30 to 60 minutes, repeated for several classes, and be inspired to make your own animal story using the same structure.

Dreamers
Animals dare to dream. Listen how so, through tales such as How the Coyote Stole Fire (Canada), How the Kangaroo Got her Pouch (Australia), and the Turtle who Wanted to Fly (Africa). Mix and match some unexpected animals and aspirations into a new story about wishes.

Tricksters
Discover how wily world creatures outwit their opponents, including Anansi the Spider (African), The Monkey and the Crocodile (India) and Tiddalick the Frog (Australia). Then use this as inspiration to make your own trickster tale.

Shape-shifters
What animal would you like to be able to change into at will to escape desperate situations? This session is based upon intriguing tales of multiple shape-shifters, including a witch who becomes an eagle (Wales), a Gull Girl (Siberia) and stories of mysterious selkies (Scotland). Afterwards you will create your own shape-shifter yarn.

Interactive Exhibitions

Interactive exhibition: Alice in Wonderland

For Key Stages One to Three
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and have adventures in Wonderland. Take tea with the Mad Hatter, play croquet with the Queen of Hearts, dance a lobster quadrille.

On the day, we will come into school and set up the exhibition in your hall. The children will visit one class at a time, spending roughly 30 minutes to 1 hour exploring multisensory exhibits which follow the narrative of the story.

Using games, puzzles and interactive objects, as well as artistic representations of the story and its characters, this session will bring the story of Alice to life.

The exhibition requires a space of at least 100 square metres, and can easily be moved for the lunch hour.

Interactive exhibition: Theseus and the Minotaur

For Key Stages One to Three
How was the Minotaur created and captured? How did Theseus defeat him? What happened next? The famous Greek tale of Theseus and the Minotaur  is brought to life.

The day comes with a set of resource materials for teachers including a plot summary and main characters, text and images from the exhibition, to familiarise your class with the story before the experience.

On the day, we will come into school and set up the exhibition in your hall. The children will visit one class at a time, spending roughly 30 minutes to 1 hour exploring multisensory exhibits which follow the narrative of the story.

There are games, puzzles and interactive objects as well as artistic representations of the story and its characters. There are also copies of coins and sculptures from Ancient Greece.

The exhibition requires a space of at least 100 square metres, and can easily be moved for the lunch hour.

Prices and Booking

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