My first school trip with my Reception class was to Rainbow Factory in Leeds. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect all though I was aware it linked to our story telling and tradition tales that we had been looking into that term.
I hadn’t really heard of the place either but I was excited to see what it would be like!
As the children filled up on the mini buses they were filled with so many questions, Will we see the 3 bears? How long until we get there? And of course… can I eat my lunch now!?
Fortunately, it didn’t take long for us to arrive and we were greeted by lovely staff. The room was very inviting and filled with story book characters quotes and a stage. We spent the first half hour in the play area whilst we waited for the rest of the children to arrive and then we were ready for the workshop!
The website also has many workshops available! It can be tailor made to a range of different topics.
We started off by watching a production of little red riding hood. The actors were amazing and engaged all children by asking questions and including them in the performance.
We then split off and created our own poems, using ideas and descriptive language that the children came up with with support.
We entered different rooms filled with resources and book characters. It looked amazingly magical and the children were drawn to everything they saw and asked so many questions.
They provided us with a seating area, so the children had their lunch and then we continued with some different workshops and another interactive story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears before setting off back to school.
We spent the whole day there and the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the stories and I especially liked the way they brought books to life to encourage reading for enjoyment!
I would say it’s definitely a trip to visit. It does feel hidden as I had never heard of it before, so this is the reason I thought I would create a blog about it. For a small cost and an easy location for schools around the Leeds and Bradford area, you should really take a look!