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NEW for 2020

With brand new galleries and a host of new story experiences on offer from Spring 2020 find out more about our new schools sessions.

Click here to download a PDF guide to our new school sessions

Story Sessions

Explore the new Museum galleries and then enjoy a 50-minute literacy session with a member of our Learning team. Select from the sessions below.

Story Pictures (EYFS/Year 1)
Students spend time exploring our ‘Small Worlds’ gallery and have stories on our big bed. They will act out their favourite scenes from picture books, from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to Traction Man, and create their own scene from craft materials to take home.
Outcome: drama and craft

Story Play (EYFS/Year 1)
Students enter our ‘Small Worlds’ gallery for stories on our big bed. They will create their own mini story landscapes and imagine the episodes that could unfold within their enchanting new world.
Outcome: speaking and listening presentation

Story Porridge (Year 1-2)
Students will explore some traditional folk and fairy tales, and use the classic device of the Rule of 3 to create their own story.
Outcome: speaking and listening presentation

Story Power (Years 2-4)
Students look at concept of powerful objects within stories – from Thor’s hammer to Arthur’s sword in the stone.  They then work in groups to concoct their own story about an object with a mysterious power.
Outcome: speaking and listening presentation, written draft if requested

Story Pranksters (Years 1 – 4)
Students are introduced to stories that star the classic character of the Trickster, such as Anansi the Spider, and the cunning Mr Fox, before creating their own.
Outcome: speaking and listening presentation, written draft if requested

Story Portals (Years 2 – 7)
Students revisit portals used in classic stories featured in the exhibition, from the Rabbit Hole down into Wonderland to the Wardrobe through to Narnia. Students then create their own magical portal between two worlds, using a wealth of materials to stimulate the beginning of an enchanting story                                                                                 Outcome: speaking and listening presentation, written draft if requested
Story Sequels (Years 4 – 8)
Listen and join in with stories within an oral storytelling tradition of your choice, or printed story featured in the exhibition, and then create a sequel inspired by the character, setting, theme or plot structure, with a modern twist if you wish. For your choice of oral story, ask for a list of stories featured in the Whispering Wood, or printed books featured in the Enchanted Library (please request from
Outcome: speaking and listening presentation, written draft if requested

Museum Maker (Years 5-13)
Explore the Story Museum’s approach to curating narrative environments, and then design an evocative room based on close-reading a section from Narnia, The Subtle Knife or your own class set text. Past bespoke sessions have included Michelle Magorian’s Goodnight Mr Tom, R.L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Outcome: speaking and listening presentation; illustrated and annotated design using quotations

Out and About – City Story Walks

Take a story-themed walk through Oxford to see the places in the city that inspired the city’s most famous fantasy writers. Our Learning team will lead your group to iconic sites from some of fiction’s greatest moments. 

Alice Story Walk (Years 1-2)

Come on a walk through the story of Alice in Wonderland. We’ll begin at the Story Museum, then walk along to Christ Church Meadow, the location of many sites that inspired Lewis Carroll. As your Story Guide retells the story, we’ll have a Caucus Race, a Caterpillar Contest, ‘Red Queen Says’, and fun with songs, riddles and charades on the way.
Suitable for Key stage 1

Wonder Walk (Years 2-13)

A Narnia Lamppost? Alice’s gate to a beautiful garden with no key? Lyra’s room leading to the spires and rooftops of Oxford?  The Wonder Walk route features stunning locations including The Radcliffe Camera and Christ Church College, not to mention dragons. Choose three authors from C S Lewis (Narnia), J R R Tolkien (The Hobbit), Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland) and Philip Pullman (Northern Lights).

Throughout the walk your students will learn key facts about the writers’ lives and how simply observing the world can lead to ideas for classic fiction. The students will also play the stories through a variety of multisensory games and storytelling.
Suitable for Key stages 1-3

A Day of Delight

Spend a day in Oxford and combine a Museum visit and story session with one of our story-themed walks around Oxford. 

Prices (with effect from 11 March 2020)

Story Session at The Story Museum
10:00 – 12:00 or 12:30 – 14:30
£175 + VAT

City Story Walk around Oxford
10:00 – 12:00 or 12:30 – 14:30
£175 + VAT

Day of Delight
Story Session at The Story Museum and a City Story Walk around Oxford
10:00 – 14:30 (includes a 30 minute lunch break)
£275 + VAT


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