The Great Story Adventure

School Trips @ The Storybarn

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The Storybarn at Calderstones is an interactive story-centre for young people to explore, share and discover their love of books. Join us with your class for The Great Story Adventure, where you will enter a thrilling world full of imagination, adventures and fascinating historical tales, which will spark a lifelong love of books, reading and discovery.


Your day with us will include an interactive trail, led by our Storyhunters, to discover some of the park’s important historical features including our beautiful woodlands, Sensory Gardens and the Allerton Oak, a 1000-year-old tree.

We’ll pause for engaging Shared Reading sessions where we’ll read aloud together, 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.

You’ll also get to discover the wonders of The Storybarn itself, in a 90-minute workshop filled with imaginative adventures. In a bespoke space filled with objects to inspire and hundreds of books to read, your class will experience Shared Reading, book talk, story building, crafts and imaginative play, even creating your own tale to take back to the classroom with you!

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Why book The Storybarn for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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You can expect to experience the following from your time with us:

• Reading for pleasure and linking what is read or heard read to personal experiences.
• Learning about significant historical events, people and places in children’s own locality.
• Helping pupils develop an awareness of the past using common words and phrases relating to the passage of time.
• Understanding some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
• Being involved, concentrating and developing ideas.
• Increasing vocabulary and understanding.
• Using spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
• Encouraging children to use their voices expressively and creatively.
• Listening with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
• Listening to and discussing the themes linking what children hear and read to their own experiences

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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Curriculum topics available: Comprehension, Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, Story telling, Shakespeare, Fairy tales.

Reading is at the core of everything we do and imaginations will be sparked through reading aloud and book talk via our model of Shared Reading, encouraging discussion and kind listening. We also story-build together, collaborating with the children to create their own wonderful narratives inspired by the hot air balloon, giant robot and other unusual objects in their surroundings or by anything that their minds create.

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Curriculum topics available: Craft.

During your Storybarn sessions, we will enter the Bits and Bobs and Thingamajigs room and create wonderful works of art inspired by the literature and stories we read.

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Curriculum topics available: Stone Age.

We love stories, and what could be more inspiring than the mysterious Calder Stones.
For a small part of your trip, with our Storyhunters leading the way, your class will travel back in time at our heritage exhibition in the Calderstones mansion house, getting up close with the Stone Age Calder Stones that gave the Park its name. Together, we’ll explore the elaborately-carved symbols on their surface.

What activities are available during group visits?

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Storytelling, Drama Games, Craft sessions, Art workshops, Imaginative Play, Story Making, Outdoor Activities, Historical Tour, Musical Games.

What size groups do you cater for?

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Classes of 35 approx. We can welcome up to two classes alongside each other per day.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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We have a seating space that could be used, however the experience is fully staff led all day.

Is there first aid on site?

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Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Anything else?

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The Storybarn offers a schools and groups membership offer that can reduce the price of bringing multiple classes.

The Storybarn is partnered with a national Coach company that offers an additional 10% off coach travel to and from the site.

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