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Schools at The StorybarnA DAY IN THE PARK with The Storybarn

Bring your class on a magical day out by combining a visit to our interactive story-centre with an exciting trail exploring the hidden gems of Calderstones Park.

Your day in the park will begin with an interactive trail around Calderstones, led by our Storysharers, to discover some of the park’s important historical features including our beautiful woodlands and the Sensory Garden.

We’ll introduce pupils to exciting stories and the joy of reading for pleasure by pausing for engaging Shared Reading sessions that encourage children to talk openly about the stories, characters and settings, as well as a range of exciting activities that bring the stunning surroundings to life. Upbeat, energetic and lots of fun, our trails will give your class the chance to explore South Liverpool’s fascinating heritage.

After exploring the great outdoors you’ll move inside to discover The Storybarn with a two-hour workshop filled with imaginative adventures, interactive story-sharing sessions, exciting themed craft activities and lots of fun on our giant slide!

In addition to all the fun and games, your outdoor trail and visit to The Storybarn will target key National Curriculum links by helping pupils develop an awareness and understanding of the past and how we explore it, including significant historical events, people and places within the locality. On the outdoor trail pupils will also learn how to follow instructions and use simple compass directions, listening with attention to detail, recalling sounds and increasing aural memory.

The whole day is designed to be interactive with an emphasis on increasing vocabulary and spoken language in an expressive and creative way. Storysharers will engage with pupils throughout the trail, encouraging involvement, focusing concentration and helping individuals to develop and explore ideas by speculating, hypothesising and using their imagination. The themes and topics pupils will read about and discuss on the trail have been chosen to encourage engagement, helping pupils to relate what they learn to their own experiences.

How does it work?

We can accommodate two classes of around 30 pupils at any one time, sessions last five hours, including time for lunch, with slots are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Sessions are suitable for groups of children from Early Years Foundation Stage to Year Six.

Prices for school sessions start at £300 per class, multi-class discounts are available for schools taking out free Storybarn Membership.

For further details and availability or to speak to us about free Storybarn Membership, email storybarn@thereader.org.uk or call us on 0151 729 2227.