Primary School Workshops

From June we will be introducing a new chapter to our experience in the form of a brand new education space! In addition to the interactive tour teachers will now be able to fully immerse their students in story construction with our new English workshops.

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.

A workshop booking is £9.50 per pupil and includes admission (the tour), access to the education space for lunch and one of the following 45 minute workshops. Both will be available to book soon - sign up here to be notified of when booking opens.

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
  • Sequence sentences to form short stories and present through the use of drama.

 Links with the National Curriculum

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.
Writing - Composition

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Write sentences by sequencing sentences to form short narratives.

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

 Links with the National Curriculum

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.

Both workshops are created in collaboration with education specialists and link to various aspects of teaching spoken language, reading comprehension and writing composition. The room itself is inspired by Shrek’s swamp and all workshop bookings can take advantage of the room as a lunch space between the tour and workshop. We will also be introducing pre and post lesson plans in support of these workshops and other areas of the national curriculum.

Sign up to hear more!

To be kept inform of when these workshops will be available to book and when our pre and post lesson plans are available to download register your interest here.