Storytelling Workshops for KS1

Our storytelling, literacy and Shakespeare drama workshops feature wondrous tales and awe-inspiring literary worlds 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 stories to life through drama.

If you are looking for something for your Early Years, please explore our Early Years Story Hunts here.

  • Around the World
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West

    Stories from Africa

    KS1 & KS2. (L, SW, WM) See the tales of How Anansi Became King of All Stories and How the Zebra Got His Stripes unfold as your pupils create scenes inspired by African storytelling.

    Also available as Large Group


    Stories from Asia

    KS1 & KS2. (L) Immerse your children in the ancient world of gods, goddesses and wise gurus. Featuring the story of Rama and Sita, this is the perfect accompaniment to Diwali celebrations.  

    Also available as a Large Group


    Traditional Tales - Large Group Storytelling

    KS1 & KS2. (L) Our storyteller invites children to take on a variety of roles as they explore the morals of traditional tales.

    Including The Ugly DucklingPied Piper, and Thumbelina


    Festive Tales - Large Group Storytelling

    KS1 & KS2. (L) Perfect as an end-of-term treat to get you into the festive spirit. Delight pupils with magical tales from around the world. 

    Including The NutcrackerDick WhittingtonA Christmas Carol

    Also available for smaller groups

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  • Children's Books
    • Greater London & Essex

    The Rainbow Fish

    Reception & KS1. (L) Dive beneath the waves to discover underwater creatures and worlds, as your children delight in bringing this tale of friendship and sharing to life. 

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    The Gruffalo

    Reception & KS1. (L) Is there no such thing as a Gruffalo? Find out as the quick-witted mouse journeys through the forest, meeting many hungry animals along the way. 

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    A Caribbean Story

    KS1. (L) Explore the landscape, culture and traditions of St Lucia through the delightful and uplifting story of a child and her fisherman grandfather. 

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    The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

    KS1. (L) 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! 

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  • Quests through Novels
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Quest for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    KS1 & KS2. (L, NW, SW, WM) Step through the wardrobe into Narnia as your children explore this classic. But when the time comes, will they want to return? 

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    Quest for Oliver Twist

    KS1 & KS2. (L, NW, SW, WM) Creep down dark Dickensian streets to meet orphan Oliver Twist, uncovering his family history and braving a visit to the workhouse and Fagin’s den. 

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    Quest for Treasure Island

    KS1 & KS2. (L, NW, SW, WM) Explore life as a pirate onboard Long John Silver’s ship, meeting the novel's characters whilst tackling riddles a-plenty!

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    The Prince and the Pauper

    KS1 & KS2. (L) Discover what happens when a prince and a pauper trade clothes and lives! Get whisked away to Tudor England in Mark Twain’s tale of mistaken identity.  

    Read more here.

  • Shakespeare
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Shakespeare's Plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    KS1 & KS2. (L, NW, SW, WM) 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.

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    Shakespeare's Life and Times

    KS1 & KS2. (L, NW) Discover more about the man behind the plays. Explore Shakespeare's life in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, the context of the Tudor period in which he wrote, and his remarkable literary legacy. 

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  • Summer Reading Challenge
    • Greater London & Essex

    KS1 & KS2. We are passionate about making sure children's reading does not dip over the summer. Our workshop is a unique way to get pupils enthused about taking part in the reading challenge.

    Read more here.

Large Group Drama

Take a peak at Around the World on the left for sessions for up to 120 children. 

If you are interested in more large group sessions for subjects like history, MFL, maths and more, browse all Large Group Drama here.

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    Tel: 0844 800 2870

    Freshwater Theatre Company
    St Margaret's House
    21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL

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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!