Our literacy school workshops
As a learning team our mission is to empower and excite young writers. Our programme is based on the Talk for Writing process and we invite children into the story context, bringing the characters and the settings to life for them.
We are uniquely placed to re-create story settings as we are a Museum specialising in the rescue of historic buildings. The Little Red Hen is contextualised in the era of the traditional tale (generically late Victorian); Goodnight Mr Tom has been developed as a WWII theme day using our 1940s prefab and Nissen hut, both of which are authentic 1940s buildings. Experience shows us that when children walk into homes and buildings and are met by costumed characters from a familiar story, something magical happens. We want to capture that magic and empower their imaginations, creating a bank of experience they can use to craft stories of their own.
Two Hour workshops (EYFS)
Owl Babies (cross curricular links with science: animals)
The Three Little Pigs (cross curricular links with science: materials)
Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (cross curricular links with life in the past – specifically washing clothes prior to washing machines.)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (cross curricular links with science: materials and maths: measures)
What teachers say
Teachers have told us how well children engage with our process:
‘the day after the trip the kids were amazing, retelling the story of Little Red Hen, even children who normally say nothing were talking and adding their own bits. Having the characters on site e.g. farmer and his wife really brought it to life for the kids plus getting to see the animals… We are expecting great work from them in the coming weeks.’