Primary School Workshops

STEP INTO STORY CONSTRUCTION 

The tour itself offers a rich environment for inspiring pupils’ active imaginations and storytelling is brought to life as pupils board the DreamWorks magical 4D flying bus to Far Far Away and meet well known fairy-tale characters, such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. These workshops are then the perfect platform to revisit aspects of the experience, appreciate the plot and enhance learning's pupils can take away from a visit to Shrek’s Adventure! London.

 

KS1 'Once Upon a Time..' Workshop

Introducing our story starter session for KS1 pupils! Discover the tools behind creating a story, explore sequence of events and identify with characters through role play. Your pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the concept of Beginning, Middle and End
  • Connect a storyline by retelling fairy stories and considering their particular characteristics.
  • Identify with characters in storytelling through role-play
  • Work together to conquer Shrek’s Spelling Bee
  • Perform a short story
National curriculum links include: 
Spoken Language

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances , role play, improvisations and debates
  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
Reading - Comprehension

Pupils should be taught to:

Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:

  • Becoming familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics.
  • Discussing the sequence of events and how items of information are related.

KS2 'Build Your Story' Workshop

For budding story tellers our brand new KS2 workshop will delve deeper into the role of character feelings, thoughts and motives, recognise plot, the triumph of good over evil and the importance of setting. Your pupils will:

  • Revisit the concept of beginning, middle and end
  • Establish the need for characters and their role within a story
  • Explore the notion of Heroes and Villains
  • Utilise role play to re-create characters and emotions they evoke
  • Explore the importance of setting in a story
  • Create and perform  a short story
National curriculum links include: 
Spoken Language

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances , role play, improvisations and debates
  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.
Reading comprehension

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand what they read by:
    • Drawing inferences such as inferring characters feelings thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
    • Predicting what might happened from details stated and implied
  • Recognise themes in what they read, such as triumph of good over evil or the use of magical devices in fairy stories and folk tales

Pupils should be encouraged to:

  • Use drama approaches to understand how to perform plays and poems to support their understanding of the meaning
Writing Composition

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Draft and write narratives by creating settings, characters and plot.

Workshop FAQs

How much does a workshop cost?

A workshop booking is from £8 per pupil including admission (the tour), access to the education space for lunch (if available) and a 45 minute workshops. For every 5 pupils 1 teacher will go free, additional teachers over and above this ratio can take advantage of a £19.25 admission rate.

When are workshops available?

Workshops are only available on weekdays during term time and must be made at least 15 working days in advance of your visit date.

Please note, schools can still book onto tours but workshops will not be available from 22/11/18 - 05/01/19. 

How many students can I book into a workshop?

Our education space has a maximum capacity of 34 students we can however offer more than one workshop in a day. Please email our guest experience team to discuss options if your group is larger than 34 pupils SALGuestExperience@merlinentertainments.biz

How long will my visit be if I book a workshop?

We recommend factoring at minimum a 2.5 hour visit into your itinerary if visiting us and including one of our workshops (an additional 30minutes if using the space for lunch). 

Can I use the space as a lunchroom?

If you have booked a workshop and timings allow it you can request to use the room as a lunch space between the tour and workshop. Please be aware this is for packed lunches only and once you have entered the attraction students and teachers will not be able to leave and re-enter. 

Who creates your workshops?

Both workshops are created in collaboration with education specialists and link to various aspects of teaching spoken language, reading comprehension and writing composition.

How do I book?

You can book now and pay later by calling our booking team on 0871 222 0374 (calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your provider’s access charge). Workshop bookings must be made at least 15 working days in advance of your visit date. If you have a question regarding your days  itinerary or individual requirements, you can contact our guest experience team once booking has been made.

 

Book now and pay later by calling our booking team on 0871 222 0374 (calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your provider’s access charge)!