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Let the imagination run riot in this storytelling workshop with accounts of medieval knights, damsels in distress and dragons. Using puppets as a stimulus for creativity, pupils will be encouraged to contribute inventive and original ideas to devise their own story which will be recorded for further development back at school.


PS 1-3

KS 1-2


Learners will create their own original story set in Cardiff Castle. The story will be recorded and an edited version, with musical interludes, will subsequently be sent to the school.


The workshop will last for 60 minutes. The guided tour takes approximately 50 minutes though with younger children we recommend a shorter tour (approx 30 mins) which omits the spiral staircase in one of the towers.

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, your pupils will have:

  • Learnt how to use mime, facial expressions and movement to portray different characters and emotions.
  • Learnt about the plot outlines and generic characters found in myths and legends.
  • Learnt how the roles and characteristics of generic characters can be subverted when creating a story.
  • Learnt how to create a plot and characters for their story and to create tension within the story.
  • Learnt about the importance of keeping things relevant and interrelated within their story.
  • Learnt the importance of the “big problem” when creating a story.
  • Learnt how to speak clearly using a microphone and how to use appropriate expression.
  • Learnt how to take it in turns and work as a team.
Links to the National Curriculum

Language Literacy and Communication (Wales)

  • Expressing ourselves through language is key to communication.


  • Enquiry, exploration, and investigation inspire curiosity about the world, it’s past, present, and future.
  • Events and human experiences are complex and are perceived, interpreted, and represented in different ways.

Key Stage 1 & 2 (England)

  • English – Spoken Language.

What Else is Included in Your Visit

  • A guided tour of Castle. The guided tour of the House will take children to some of the highly-decorated rooms that date from the Victorian period. The designs reflect the architect’s vision of how the interior of a medieval Castle would have been. The Nursery has a tiled frieze of fairy tales and lanterns depicting nursery rhymes.
  • Use of the Audio Guide for the Grounds which is written especially for children. This can be downloaded in advance.
  • A Visit to Firing Line – Museum of the Welsh Soldier (Military Museum in the Interpretation Centre). Please note: Firing Line is independently managed and any activities offered are not a part of Cardiff Castle’s Education Service. Visits may not be possible on certain days, or may incur an additional charge.


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