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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 info

Suitable for: KS1

Age Groups: 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. Group Size: 10 (no minimum number for SEN groups)

Max. Group Size: 30

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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