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In-School Sessions

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Animal Outreach Sessions

Enjoy a workshop in your school delivered by a member of our experienced Learning Team.

Early Years

Time for Bed
Your class will go on a story adventure with our workshop leader using the story The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed by Helen Cooper.

Key Stages 1 to 3

Dreamers, Tricksters and Shape-Shifters: World Animal Stories
In these sessions, your students will listen to stories from around the world, take part in interactive activities related to the themes, and be inspired to make their own animal story using the same structure. Choose from Dreamers, Tricksters or Shape-Shifters.


How have animals come to be as they are? Maybe they wished for something they shouldn’t! Listen to delightful tales such as How the Coyote Stole Fire, (Canada), How the Kangaroo Got her Pouch, (Australia) and the Turtle who Wanted to Fly (Africa). Mix and match some unexpected animals and aspirations into a new dreamtime story.

Discover how wily world creatures outwit their opponents, including Anansi the Spider (Africa), The Monkey and the Crocodile (India) and Tiddalick the Frog (Australia). Then use this as inspiration to make your own trickster tale.

If you could, what animal would like to be able to change into at will, to escape desperate situations? This session is based upon intriguing tales of multiple shape-shifters, including a witch who becomes an eagle (Wales), a Gull Girl (Siberia), and stories of mysterious selkies (Scotland). Afterwards, you will create your own shape-shifter yarn.

Key Stages 4 and 5

Animal Allegories
Examine the political cartoons and writing such as Animal Farm and Maus, and create a satirical scene from a ‘Royal Wedding’ in which famous public figures are portrayed as animals. Consider their status and viewpoint to choose appropriate caricature creatures.

Interactive Exhibitions

Interactive exhibition: Alice in Wonderland

For Key Stages One to Three
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and have adventures in Wonderland. Take tea with the Mad Hatter, play croquet with the Queen of Hearts, dance a lobster quadrille.

On the day, we will come into school and set up the exhibition in your hall. The children will visit one class at a time, spending roughly 30 minutes to 1 hour exploring multisensory exhibits which follow the narrative of the story.

Using games, puzzles and interactive objects, as well as artistic representations of the story and its characters, this session will bring the story of Alice to life.

The exhibition requires a space of at least 100 square metres, and can easily be moved for the lunch hour.

Prices and Booking

Sessions last one hour and may be repeated for several classes. Our Learning Team will differentiate the content of the sessions for your class. We would be happy to talk to you about bespoke sessions; please contact the Learning Team. School outreach sessions are available from Mondays to Fridays and are subject to availability of session leaders.

To book, contact Cath Hogan learning@storymuseum.org.uk

Half day (2 hours of delivery): £260 plus travel expenses*
Full day (4 hours of delivery): £400 plus travel expenses

*Travel expenses are costed @ .40p per mile from OX1 1BP