TODAY'S LESSON WILL BE..

storytelling, drama and the magic of fairy tales

Shrek’s Adventure! offers an immersive story telling experience, where well known characters like Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and Cinderella aid in the journey through 12 fairy-tale themed live shows.

Schools have been at the core of planning for Shrek’s Adventure! from the outset and our primary school offering includes awareness of story construction and familiarity with fairy tales. The attraction offers a rich environment for inspiring pupils’ active imaginations and curriculum based learning. So much so this had been recognised by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. The LOtC Quality Badge offers teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.



 

*** EDUCATIONAL VISIT: LEARNING OUTCOMES ***

KS1-KS2 pupils have the opportunity to learn:

In English...

  • To identify the features and themes of different genres, including fairy tales.
  • To understand that stories are developed with a beginning, a middle and an end.
  • To explore the process of characterisation and of building characters

In Drama...

  • To infer characters' thoughts, feelings and actions through performance
  • To use role-play and performance to convey meaning in different text types

 

*** SUPPORTING LESSON PLANS ***

We are all about opportunities which bring a touch of magic to learning, so we’ve created a new, completely free, resource to support you in the classroom. With three hours’ worth of content pre and post an educational visit to Shrek's Adventure! London, we are offering your students a set of unforgettable lessons that reinforce important aspects of the curriculum.

Building Stories (Ages 5–9)

 Step into Story Construction

  Pupils will… discover the tools behind creating a story, exploring how to plot events and to empathise with characters through drama and role-play. They will delve deeper into characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives, understand how to create heroes and villains, and analyse the importance of setting – all in the magical, immersive world of Shrek’s Adventure! London, where our best-loved cast from the film truly comes to life!  

Pre-visit Lesson 1
Introducing fairy tales

Pre-visit Lesson 2
Characters in fairy tales

Post-visit Lesson 1
Magical settings

Objectives:

  • To understand what we mean by the term ‘fairy tale’
  • To identify the objects used in different fairy tales
  • To use predictive skills to guess the themes, plot and characters in a fairy tale

Objectives:

  • To identify the different types of characters used in fairy tales
  • To match the different character types to the characters in a particular fairy tale
  •  To act in-role as a character from a fairy tale

Objectives:

  • To understand what we mean by ‘setting’ and why it is important
  • To identify a setting that was effective in the Shrek’s Adventure! experience
  • To describe a new setting using sensory description

Outcomes:

  • A list of fairy tales matched to corresponding objects; a completed storyboard of predictions for the plot of a fairy tale.

Outcomes:

  • A list of character types in a particular fairy tale; a piece of drama in which pupils role-play a particular fairy tale character; a new fairy tale storyboard.

Outcomes:

  • A description or drawing of a good memory from the experience; a postcard describing a real or imagined setting; a drawing of the same setting.

 

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*** INDIVIDUAL LESSON ACTIVITIES ***

Swamp in a Shoe Box (pre or post visit)

Shrek is searching for a new home! Can you help? Firstly you will need a shoe box to house your swamp, then using this worksheet create your plan before the fun part as you source items from your garden or local environment and build your very ow swamp!

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Design & Technology KS1
  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks,
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate information and communication technology
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
Design & Technology KS2
  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • Generate, develop model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.
  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

KS2 Review & Writing (post visit)

Time to reflect as you review your visit to Shrek’s Adventure! London. Top tip….think about tone of voice and who you are addressing as you write your review.

Choose from:

Dear Diary..

Dear Shrek..

Rhyme and Rhythm..

English Y3&4
  • Preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action
  • Plan their writing by: discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure
  • Draft and write by: in non-narrative material, using simple organisation devices
English Y5&6
  • Preparing poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience
  • Plan their writing by: identifying the audience for purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own
  • Draft and write by: using wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs
  • Draft and write by: using further organisation and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader

KS1 Handwriting and Spelling (pre or post visit)

1. What’s in a swamp?  Fill in the missing letters to reveal features you would find in a swamp!

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2. Secret Message. Unscramble these sentences to reveal a secret message from Shrek

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3. Once upon a time… Help Donkey complete his story by adding full stops (.), commas (,) speech marks (“), question marks (?) and explanation marks (!) to this short story.

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4. Keep it neat! Put your handwriting skills to the test as you copy the names of these famous fairy tale characters.

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Story Telling (post visit)

Now it’s your turn to try writing your own fairy tale adventure! Top tip: it is important your story is structured in the right order otherwise your reader won't understand it.

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English Y1
  • Become very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics
English Y2
  • Become increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
  • Recognize simple recurring literary language in stories
  • Write narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional) 
English Y3&4
  • Increase their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
  • Plan their writing by: discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure
  • In narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
English Y5&6
  • Plan their writing by: Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own. 
  • Plan their writing by: noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary
  • Plan their writing by: in writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed
  • Draft and write by: in narratives, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action
  • Draft and write by: using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs 

KS2 Holiday to Far Far Away (post visit)

As a class become a travel agency and create a holiday brochure to Far Far Away! Get descriptive as your write about a new journey to Far, Far Away. You will need to plan where in the world you will be going and research what that country is like as a tourist destination. 

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English Y3&4
  • Plan their writing by: discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure
  • draft and write by: composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue) progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures
English Y5&6
  • Plan their writing by: identifying the audience for a purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own. 
  • Plan their ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary
  • Draft and write by: using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs
Geography KS2
  • Pupils should be taught to locate the world's countries, using maps to focus on Europe's (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. 

 

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