The Storybarn, and wider Reader organisation, are operating under the Visit England 'We're Good to Go' Covid-19 Industry Standard certificate.
*We have a brand new and fully compliant risk assessment, available to you on request;
*We have increased our usual cleaning measures and are reviewing this on a regular basis to ensure we are in line with government guidelines;
*All our staff have been equipped with masks and visors and will be wearing these at all times;
*Our staff are also maintaining social distance from our guests and each other;
*Our class trips now include increased prompts for handwashing and hand sanitising where appropriate;
*All of our activities have been redesigned to take place outside making the most of our beautiful park surroundings.
We have an amended cancellation policy, reflecting the sudden changes we know schools are under pressure to make on a daily basis. Schools will be asked to pay for their trips in full in advance as per our usual terms and conditions, but cancellation for any reason within any time frame will be subject to the following Covid-19 condition: the Storybarn will retain a non-refundable £50 deposit which can be used against a future experience, receive the rest of their money back in full and also receive a beautiful picture book for their class library at school.
Join us for HIJACKED - A Storyhunter hosted interactive video call with a focus on diversity and finding joy in our differences.
To the children, this may seem like an ordinary Storyhunter session. That is until their call is unexpectedly hijacked by an alien from outer space! This alien was trying to reach their own family across the galaxy, but the connection has crossed, and they’ve wound up in this Storyhunter session!
With the help of The Storyhunter hosting the call (and some high tech imaginary alien translators) the class learn that the alien is named Zlob, and is from the planet Glob; the most BORING planet in the galaxy! On planet Glob, which has only one colour, GREY, everybody looks the same, sounds the same, walks the same, and has the same hobbies.
The Storyhunter then guides the session as the children teach Zlob about their world, and how everyone is different. They also teach Zlob about imagination and stories, which don’t exist on planet Glob, and the Storyhunter will lead a Shared Reading of a story all about being proud of what makes us different.
The Storybarn exists to inspire children to explore, share and discover a love of books and storytelling.
The overarching aim and purpose of the Storybarn and our team of Storyhunters is to provide imaginative and engaging activities which enable children to enjoy, feel happy, relaxed and excited in the company of books. At the heart of the Storybarn is the desire to ignite a love of reading for pleasure, we immerse children in a refreshing, story based environment, which fuels creativity and imagination.
Storybarn on the Road has always existed to bring our dynamic and interactive shared reading model into our community and local classrooms, and Storybarn on the Road DIGITAL is a COVID secure extension of this for modern times.
Curriculum topics available: Story telling.
Storybarn on the Road encourages children to find joy and pleasure in reading, and in reading together. Using stories as a way of discovering more about themselves, each other and the world they live in.
Curriculum topics available: Teamwork and resilience, Mental health and awareness.
Through this workshop we will discuss ideas of difference, what it means to be different and why this is something to be celebrated. We will reflect on what life would be like if we were all the same and have some fun along the way with interactive games, as well as the opportunity to share a story together.
Schools will receive a resource pack with recommended further reading, creative writing activities and suggested crafts for the class to continue their conversations.
Sessions are for a single class group, or smaller.
Workshops take place on a password protected Zoom call which the Storyhunter hosts, or alternatively on Google Meets if that suits your requirements better. Calls will never be recorded, and the hosts work from the Storybarn hub at Calderstones Park on secure password protected work laptops.
Sessions last 45 minutes, and we can deliver up to three sessions across a morning depending on your timetable, or up to five sessions across a day. Schools will receive a Tech Support pack and will have a test video call at a time that suits them, prior to the date of delivery.
We are constantly learning about making our storytelling more inclusive - please let us know if there any special considerations we could make for children in your class, we're always happy to accommodate.
The Storybarn team thrive on delivering activities that are appropriate and accessible to all young people, please let us know if there are adaptations we can make for SEN children in your group, we're always happy to accomodate.
We know schools are still looking for their classes to have enriched experiences without being able to take them out of the classroom – we also know the teachers are incredibly stretched now they are inside their own year group bubbles with limited time to do their own work outside of the classroom.
Diversity was one of the top two themes requested in a recent survey to teachers across the North West for trips and enrichment activities for students returning to school after lockdown; and HIJACKED is a great way for children to begin these conversations about difference and what makes us all unique.
Bring your class to join one of our Storyhunters on a COVID secure and fully accessible outdoor trail around Calderstones Park based on Alistair Chisholm and Jez Tuya’s wonderful storytelling picture book, The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears.
Our Storyhunter will help your class follow the clues on the map, there will be games and fun, interactive activities as you track down characters and decide what happens next in the story.
You will receive a copy of the picture book to take back to school for your class library and enjoy again and again.
Very Limited Availability: Tuesday 6 - Thursday 15 July for either a morning or afternoon session at 2 hours each. Classes should be of no more than 35 children, and will be subject to current government Coronavirus guidelines.
Cost: £240 per class session.
Add an ice cream for each child: £2 per child
Add a wrapped copy of the trail book for each child: £7 per child
In the event of your visit needing to be cancelled, you will still receive your copy of the picture book for your school, and a refund of £190 with £50 being retained by The Reader as a deposit against a future school visit.
valid until: July 2021
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