Storytelling and Literacy drama workshops for Key Stage 1 (KS1)

Our storytelling drama workshops feature the perfect tales for your Key Stage One (KS1) children to enjoy all year round, or for a special occasion like World Book Day or Shakespeare Week.

Our specialist facilitator will ensure every child is involved in bringing the story to life through drama.

If you are looking for something for your Early Years, please browse our workshops for the little ones here.

  • The Rainbow Fish
    • Greater London & Essex

    Dive beneath the waves to the discover underwater creatures and worlds of The Rainbow Fish, as your children delight in bringing this magical tale of friendship and sharing to life. 

    "The session is pacey and the children stayed interested. The facilitator is so enthusiastic and warm with the children. The session deepened our existing knowledge of the story and improved their comprehension."
    Sarah Burgess, Prettygate Infant School, Essex

  • The Gruffalo
    • Greater London & Essex

    Is there really ‘no such thing as a Gruffalo’? Find out as the quick-witted mouse journeys through the forest, meeting
    a host of hungry animals along the way. 

    "Children were enthralled by the session and joined in enthusiastically. Lovely range of activities all linked to the story. Excellent rapport with the children. I liked the way that less confident children were encouraged to contribute and confident children were praised."
    Adam Woodcraft, Woodmansterne Primary School, Lambeth

  • A Caribbean Story
    • Greater London & Essex

    Explore the rich tapestry of the landscape, culture and traditions of St Lucia through the delightful story of a child and her fisherman grandfather. A wonderful and uplifting story; the perfect accompaniment to Black History Month celebrations.

    "Another fantastic workshop from Freshwater Theatre Company! A big thank you to the facilitator for making the stories so captivating and enjoyable for all the children. Their energy and enthusiasm was contagious and the children were enthralled throughout the session."
    Danielle Traylen, St Francis Catholic Primary School, Essex

  • Stories from Africa
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West

    Also available as a Large Group session

    Watch as the tales of how Anansi became King of all the stories and how the Zebra got his stripes come to life. Your pupils will join in to create vibrant scenes inspired by African storytelling.

    "...linked brilliantly to our topic on African animals. The facilitator was a fantastic enthusiastic story teller and we loved that all children had a chance to be included in the storytelling."
    Amy Saddington, English Martyrs' Catholic Primary, Birmingham

  • Stories from Asia
    • Greater London & Essex

    Also available as a Large Group session

    Immerse your children in the ancient world of gods and goddesses and wise gurus as they explore two tales from sacred Hindu texts. Including the story of Rama and Sita, this is the perfect accompaniment to Diwali celebrations. 

    "The children thought it was really fun and loved joining in. The session was very interactive and high energy. It complemented our International Week and helped make it a celebration."
    Clare Constant, CET Primary School, Tower Hamlets

  • The Prince and the Pauper
    • Greater London & Essex

    Discover what happens when a prince and a pauper trade clothes and trade lives! Get whisked away to Tudor England in Mark Twain’s tale of mistaken identity. 

    "I loved the workshop. I really felt like I was in London in 1553. I could hear all the shouting in the streets and smell fresh bread! It was excellent and I want to do it all again!" 
    Y4 pupil, Unicorn School, Richmond

  • Large Group Storytelling
    • Greater London & Essex

    Large Group Storytelling - Traditional Tales

    Your pupils will be drawn into three traditional tales as our storyteller plays with language, invites the children to take on a variety of roles and explores the morals of the stories presented. Choose from the following story sets: 

    •   Hans Christian Anderson's The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, and Thumbelina

    •   The Cracked Pot, The Fearsome Giant, and The Cedar Tree

    •   The Pied Piper, The Cobblestone Maker, and The Lion and the Mouse 

    "The children were totally enthralled by the storytelling and thoroughly enjoyed the interactive nature of the sessions. They said, 'Can he come back again tomorrow and tell us more stories?"
    Bex Wren, West Park CofE School, West Sussex

    Large Group Storytelling - Festive

    Perfect as an end-of-term treat to get you into the festive spirit. Delight pupils with magical tales from around the world. 

    "The storytelling and excitement level for the children was great! The whole adventure was multi-sensory and everyone was engaged and involved in the experience."
    Emma Burns, Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, Birmingham


    You can browse our other Large Group sessions here.

  • The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
    • Greater London & Essex

    As your children help bring the tale of ‘Plop the Owl’ to life, they will discover that the dark can be ‘kind’, ‘fascinating’ and ‘fun’ so there is no need to be afraid! 

    "We were thrilled with the session - it exceeded our hopes. The children were engaged throughout and the facilitator was able to hold their attention for the full hour. Worth every penny and we would certainly recommend Freshwater to others."
    Dee McConkey, Junior King's School, Kent

  • Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Introduce your class to Shakespeare in a fun and accessible way. Bring A Midsummer Night's Dream to life. Explore plot, experiment with language and take on a host of captivating characters.

  • Shakespeare's Life and Times
    • Greater London & Essex
    • Greater Manchester

    Discover more about the man behind the plays. Explore the celebrated playwright’s life in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, the context of the Tudor period in which he was writing and his remarkable literary legacy.  

    "Fantastic opportunity to explore the language of Shakespeare in a fun and engaging way."
    Sarah McNeill, Tolleshunt D'Arcy St Nicholas CE Primary, Essex

  • Quest for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Step through the wardrobe and get swept up in the magic of Narnia as your children explore C.S. Lewis’ timeless classic. But when the time comes, will they want to return? 

    "Well pitched for all ages and abilities, good fun, a lot was learnt and achieved in a short space of time. It was just what I was hoping it would be!"
    Lucy Hall, Reay Primary, Brixton 

  • Quest for Oliver Twist
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Creep down dark Dickensian streets to meet orphan Oliver, uncovering his family history and braving a visit to the workhouse and Fagin’s den. 

    "Engaging, inspirational and educational. It was even better than we expected and very well received by children, library staff and parents. We sometimes struggle to get children to borrow books relating to the topic after events but this time all the books went and I really felt the children's imaginations were sprung into life due to the excellent delivery."
    Josie Caplehorne, Welling Library, Bexley

  • Quest for Treasure Island
    • Greater London & Essex

    Explore the novel’s characters and experience what life would have been like for a pirate onboard Long John Silver’s ship, tackling riddles and activities a-plenty!

    "Good fun and linked well to our learning."
    Kirsty Dickenson, St Dunstan's College, London

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    Freshwater Theatre Company offers interactive drama workshops, shows and large group activities for schools to bring your curriculum to life. We hope you enjoy exploring our site!