The Story Museum's exhibitions are now closed as we prepare for our major redevelopment. The Story Cafe is open Tuesday - Friday.

Schools workshops

Sunday 22nd February - Sunday 22nd February

A photo of Students from Sunningwell Primary School on Maggie's Day 2013

Key facts

Available from

22 April 2014 Sessions take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at The Story Museum

Time

10am or 1pm

Duration

2 hours

Cost

£150 per group (two groups can visit at any one time)

Lunch

We provide a bookable space for your group to eat a packed lunch.

Booking

To book any of our sessions, please contact Kate Sayer, 01865 790050

About the event

Schools workshops at The Story Museum

Children at an event in The Story Museum, 2012Get your class, Brownie pack or birthday party excited about stories  by exploring plots and characters inspired by our exhibitions and installations. Choose from a wide range of different School workshops from early years to key stage four.

early years

Play the stories Explore a carousel of activities based on picture book stories in the exhibition, with interactive play stations (wold-building and crafting) and up to three storytellings – as well as an opportunity to dress up as their favourite character. Stepping stories Go on a story adventure with our Story Collector to learn one of the stories in the exhibition – choose from The Owl and the PussycatWhere the Wild Things Are, The Cat in the Hat and Anansi the Spider. Then enjoy playing in our interactive spaces. Also available as outreach.

key stage one

Dressing as a tree for Bookfeast, 2011

Becoming a character Explore the exhibition and find as many of the characters as you can before becoming your own favourite character for our digital gallery. Then have a go at creating a new character using drama and creative writing strategies.

Writing baddies Use the exhibition to help us find out what makes a bad or naughty character, and then create your own to take back to school.

Portraying characters Using only the words in extracts from the texts found in the exhibition, think about how you would communicate the essence of this character as a drawing, as a shadow puppet, as a film character or cartoon. What would they do, how would they stand, what would they say? How much information can be inferred? Also available as outreach.

key stage two

Tricksters Can you think your way out of a sticky situation? Using characters from the exhibition, see if you can devise solutions to story problems using only your cunning and guile.

It’s all about me! Writers often use their own experiences to create their stories. Using the exhibition as inspiration and a range of creative writing and drama strategies, you will explore creating  yourself as a story character. What would your opposite character be like? What would happen if your character met up with your favourite story character? Also available as outreach.

Children on a Wonderwalk, copyright The Story Museum

Oxford’s fantasy writers Explore Oxford on a Wonder Walk, finding out about what inspired Oxford’s most famous writers – Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll – before meeting some of their characters in the exhibition.  Then become a biographer, writing a page for our exhibition book.

Paired characters What would happen if the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz met Badger fromThe Wind in the Willows? After exploring the exhibition you will use drama and creative writing exercises to create a new story where two of the characters meet. This session is recommended for Gifted and Talented groups.

Portraying characters Using only the words in extracts from the texts found in the exhibition, think about how you would communicate the essence of this character as a drawing, as a shadow puppet, as a film character or cartoon. What would they do, how would they stand, what would they say? How much information can be inferred? Also available as outreach.

key stage three and fourChildren at an event with Michael Rosen at The Story Museum, 2013

It’s all about me! Writers often use their own experiences to create their stories. Using the exhibition as inspiration and a range of creative writing and drama strategies, you will explore creating  yourself as a story character. What would your opposite character be like? What would happen if your character met up with your favourite story character? Also available as outreach.

Paired characters What would happen if the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz met Badger fromThe Wind in the Willows? After exploring the exhibition you will use drama and creative writing exercises to create a new story where two of the characters meet. This session is recommended for Gifted and Talented groups.

Portraying characters Using only the words in extracts from the texts found in the exhibition, think about how you would communicate the essence of this character as a drawing, as a shadow puppet, as a film character or cartoon. What would they do, how would they stand, what would they say? How much information can be inferred? Also available as outreach.

Whistlestop writers workshop Using tips from our featured authors, have a go at writing using a variety of techniques, and find out which of our authors’ writing techniques suit you best. Also available as outreach.

Visual storytelling What do pictures add to stories? Explore the visual stories in the exhibition and those written by some of the authors featured and consider what pictures add to text and vice versa.ase note that due to space requirements, a maximum of 6 adults may accompany a group to an author talk.

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