Workshops For Children
What if a school visit could be more than a nice thing to do for the children?
What if it could raise literacy standards?
What if it could engage all the pupils including those with SEN?
What if it could also help teach a curriculum topic?
Our workshops will get children engaged with stories and inspire them to tell and write their own stories, whatever their age. We work with children as young as 3 through to KS1 and KS2. Plus for you there is no stress and no preparation as we have done it all for you.
PLUS we GUARANTEE to raise engagement with literacy or your money back!
"The children really enjoyed the story which was told to them. They all listened attentively and answered all the questions put to them.The story was age appropriate and captured the children's imagination. The storyteller was very calm with the children and made sure every child had a turn in the discussion. The children also enjoyed making puppets, with the storyteller re-capping the story as the children made the puppets. Everything was well organised."
Senior Nursery Leader, Avenue Day Nursery.
“It was the children’s reactions to the whole concept that made my day. It helped with literacy, creativity, storytelling, concentration and fine motor skills and it was engaging and fun for everyone.”
Eifron Watkinson, Asst Head of Addington Special School.
“That was the most fantastic lesson I have ever had!” Child aged 8 at Shalborne School
Our School Workshops
Meeting authors gets children really inspired because they can see we're really just ordinary people, so they can be like us too. As authors we have developed our own 7 step model for writing stories. We inspire students to write their own stories by using our experiences. These sessions are very interactive. We usually start with reading of one our stories. This can be chosen to fit in with your current topic. These workshops can be a great start to a writing competition as Jill Stevens from Collingbourne School found out when she had double the normal number of entries. We can help support you in running the competition if you wish, just let us know.
Create and Tell
Our unique Create and Tell workshops start with a traditional storytelling of one of our stories followed by a puppet making session with our award winning Create and Show kits. The workshops are a fantastic way to kick off a half term's topic as we include our Creative Literacy Resource Pack which has loads of lesson plans linked to the story with all the learning outcomes and objectives identified which will save you even MORE preparation time.
For 3-6 year olds the puppet making involves a variety of materials that can be cut and stuck. Puppets can be painted or coloured and then mounted onto wooden spoons.
For 6-9 year olds the puppet making involves using patterns to cut out fabric, that can be sewn or stuck together to form the puppet. Full instructions are given for each character.
All the resources are included so all you need to provide is the children.
The next part is very important because that's where the magic happens. The children will interact with the story and become part of the story so they learn so much more.
Alternative creative activities including computer aided design can be substituted for the puppet making if you prefer.
Children make fantastic storytellers. By teaching them traditional oral storytelling techniques it will improve their story writing as it gives them a range of language, story format and ideas to call upon. It also improves their speaking and listening skills and helps to build their confidence.
We use fun games to help the children remember and tell stories that they will remember for a lifetime.
This is could be a one day workshop or an ongoing arrangement or we can help you run an after school club.
We guaratee that any workshops we run will raise childrens' engagement with literacy. If not then we aren't doing our job properly so we will give you 100% of your money back.
Can you link to our topic?
Yes, our stories cover a range of popular topics and we can adapt other stories to suit your needs.
How does this fit with the National Curriculum?
All our workshops fit with the English curriculum and improve speaking and listening. Also if you choose a workshop using one of our stories we will give you one of our Creative Literacy Resource Packs with additional lesson plans with all the curriculum areas shown plus the learning objectives and outcomes.
Can the whole school get involved?
Absolutely! We do many workshops for whole schools. We usually start with a storytelling session for all then split into smaller groups, throughout the day. Call us to discuss your requirements and numbers on 01488 468901
Can we invite parents?
Yes it's great for parents to join us at the end of the day to see what we have been up to.We are also happy to do book signings so the children can have a momento of our visit.
Are you DBS checked?
Yes and we are happy to sign safeguarding policies.
Are you insured?
Yes we are fullly insured.