Once Upon a Time

Monday to Friday, 11:00-12:00 or 13:00-14:00 FREE
This is a picture of children taking part in a workshop inside the library, and certainly inside an exhibition. They are raising their hands as they want to participate.
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  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7797
  • Email: learning@bl.uk
  • Admission: Free entry

Stories are universal: they help us to understand ourselves and connect with the world around us. Join us for Once Upon a Time – our latest workshops for Key Stage 1 supporting students to develop skills in speaking and listening, literacy and oracy.

Once Upon a Time: Make a story (60 minutes)

Learners will discover that the world has been telling stories long before there were books. Through a sequence of activities and interventions, students will create their own unique oral story as a group, inspired by locations within the Library and our collection. The session concludes with a shared telling of this new tale in our Learning Centre, where learners will be transported to a storytelling forest.

Once Upon a Time: Tell a story (60 minutes)

Discover some of the techniques storytellers use to bring their tales to life including performance, props and audience participation. Beginning with a whistle-stop tour of the Library, students will uncover inspiration for stories as they explore our building and collection. Through a sequence of activities, students will work together to re-tell a traditional story using a combination of voice, words and movement.

Sessions can be booked as a stand-alone workshop, or combined to make a full day at the Library. If booked on the same day, one session will run before lunch and one after lunch.


These sessions have been made possible thanks to support from Old Possum’s Practical Trust  


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Age group: Years 1 - 2
When: Monday to Friday, 11:00-12:00 or 13:00-14:00
Length: 60 minutes per session
Group size: Minimum 10 students; maximum 30 students (no minimum number for SEN groups)
Key skills: Oracy, Literacy, Creativity
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 7412 7797
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