Our school sessions are two hours long, with 1h of a facilitated gallery visit and a 1h workshop. They can either be in the morning (10-12) or the afternoon (12.30-2.30). We can provide a 30min packed lunch space if you need one, as well as a 30min free visit to the bookshop. The cost of the visit is £5.50 per child, and this includes 2 free adults for each 10 children. If you would like to extend your visit, you can do so by adding 1h of self-led time for an extra £1 per child where you will be able to access our Shifter of Shapes exhibition and craft area.

Could there really be Seven Stories in all the world?

This brand new exhibition explores the idea that every story fits into one of seven basic story plots. Visitors of all ages will be taken on a journey through these plots, each brought to life with unique items from Seven Stories’ superb collection including the typewriter used by Enid Blyton to create her hugely popular adventures, original illustrations from The Queen's Knickers by Nicholas Allan as well as a notebook containing the first-ever draft of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

Your group will take part in an interactive and imaginative led-tour of this exhibition where children will go on a sensory and immersive journey through the seven basic plots, followed by a workshop inspired by one of the titles featured in the gallery space.
 

EYFS (Nursery and Reception): Overcoming the Monster (The Gruffalo)

The animals have gone for a stroll in the deep dark woods, and are lost! We need to work out which animal goes in which house so they can get home again! In this sensory and participative session your group will explore the different habitats in the much loved world of the Gruffalo and get to experience an interactive story time.

Curriculum links:

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design
     

KS1 (Y1 & Y2): Voyage and Return (Fairy Child)

Everybody up! Ship shape! We are going on a voyage of our very own! Get ready to set sail! We are going on a voyage of discovery! We have the trusty Fairy Compass to guide us.

For this session you will go on a fun adventure through the world of Jethro Byrde’s Fairy Child and can choose between a drama or an illustration workshop that will take you on a journey to a new and exciting world.

Curriculum links:

  • Spoken language
  • Reading (comprehension)
  • Writing (composition)
  • Art and design
  • Expressive arts and design
     

LKS2 (Y3 & Y4): Comedy (The Queen’s Knickers)

Nicholas Allan’s hilarious picture book The Queen’s Knickers brings together one of the most important items in anybody’s wardrobe and one of the most famous and revered women in the world.

In this fun filled session inspired by the book, children will take part in an interactive story and through drama, movement and art will create their own knickers-inspired gadget!

Curriculum links:

  • Reading (comprehension)
  • Writing (composition)
  • Design and technology
     

UKS2/KS3 (Y5, Y6 & Y7): Rags to Riches (Cinderella)

Exploring different versions of the well-known folk-tale of Cinderella, from a copy of the book from the 1800s, through a male version of this story, and to John Agard’s poetic interpretation, students will be invited to explore the original story and then create their own modern version. What issues would a modern Cinderella face? How would life be different? This workshop will help young people reframe this story in today’s context and create their own Cinderella ‘zine.

Curriculum links:

  • Reading (comprehension)
  • Writing (composition)
  • Art and design

 

To arrange a school visit, please fill out our enquiry form or contact learning@sevenstories.org.uk and a member of our team will be in touch.