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Stories are universal: they help us to understand ourselves and connect with the world around us. Join The British Library for Once Upon a Time – their latest workshops for Key Stage 1 supporting students to develop skills in speaking and listening, literacy and oracy.


Once Upon a Time: Make a story (60 minutes)

Students will discover that the world has been telling stories long before there were books. Through a sequence of activities and interventions, students will create their own unique oral story as a group, inspired by locations within the Library and their collection. The workshop concludes with a shared telling of this new tale in The British Library’s Learning Centre, where students will be transported to a storytelling forest.

Once Upon a Time: Tell a story (60 minutes)

Discover some of the techniques storytellers use to bring their tales to life including performance, props and audience participation. Beginning with a whistle-stop tour of the Library, students will uncover inspiration for stories as they explore the building and collection. Through a sequence of activities, students will work together to re-tell a traditional story using a combination of voice, words and movement.

Workshops can be booked as a stand-alone workshop, or combined to make a full day at the Library. If booked on the same day, one session will run before lunch and one after lunch.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS1

Ages: 5-7

Subjects: English

Topics: Creative Writing, Literature, Oracy, Patterns, Stories, Storytelling, Team Building, Vocabulary

Type: At Venue

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free

Dates: Mon - Fri: 11:00-12:00 or 13:00-14:00

Min. Students: 10 (no minimum number for SEN groups)

Max. Students: 30

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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About The British Library.

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The British Library offers an expansive programme for primary and secondary learners which encourages curiosity, creativity and exploration, enriching the curriculum and developing lifelong learning skills.

Visits are free of charge, available all year round and can be self-guided or led by one of their Learning facilitators.

New workshops for this year include explorations of their map and artists’ books collections. Plus, find out more about library tours, workshops and private views related to their upcoming exhibitions Animals: Art, Science and Sound, and Fantasy: Realms of Imagination, as well as ground-breaking exhibitions on digital storytelling and author Malorie Blackman.

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