Application for Freelance Opportunity - KS1 Tea to Table storytelling workshop

Competitive Day Rate

International Centre for Life, Newcastle Upon Tyne

The workshop is on the theme of food and sustainability, targeted at EYFS & KS1 audiences, to be delivered to between 12-36 students at a time. The session should be interactive, with students engaged and actively involved. There should be lots of opportunities for them to contribute and participate. The session should offer an experience which goes beyond what can be delivered in the school classroom. It should last 40-45 minutes and end with a big ‘wow’ moment that will be memorable for the children.

The session will be a staff-led interactive storytelling session it could include elements of story, song, movement, and hands-on activities. It could be designed to be delivered with or without props, AV and lighting. Life has various props which would be available for use, and also a modest budget available to purchase any new equipment required. Sessions will be delivered by Life’s Explainers. They are enthusiastic presenters but not trained specifically in storytelling or drama.

The storytelling session should be in line with the ethos of the rest of Life’s schools’ programme. It should cover some relevant parts of the national curriculum but does not need to be limited to this. Climate change is also an important thread that runs through our programme, we seek to provide scientifically accurate information and positive suggestions of changes that can be made to reduce the harmful impacts of climate change.

To help make these links we will provide some suggestions, additional information and links. We do not expect them all to be included but hope they provide inspiration and springboards to other ideas which are also welcome.

A storytelling session has been developed and piloted, there is the option to adapt the existing storytelling session or to create something new which fits the brief. The existing story has the working title “Tea to Table” and follows the trail of fish and chips from sea and farm to plate, revealing the different job roles involved in producing food and how people in the farming and fishing industries are trying to protect our environment. It uses song, actions, and parachute activities to engage the students. Further detail is in the accompanying script which will be provided.



Item & Dealines 

-Initial outline agreed - 31 August 

-First draft agreed - W/C 12 September 

-Final draft - W/C 26 September

-Staff training (optional) - Early- Mid October (tbc)


Ethos of Life's schools programme 

Life’s purpose is to inspire everyone in North East England to explore and enjoy science and to discover its relevance to their own lives.

Through the schools’ programme we will support teachers and students from Early Years to Key Stage 5, to explore, discover and be inspired by science and technology. The objectives of the schools’ programme are to:

  • Increase young people’s motivation and self-confidence in engaging with science and technology
  • Illustrate the relevance of science and technology to their lives and interests
  • Reenforcing and developing the knowledge and theory of STEM, by putting STEM skills into practise
  • Raise their career aspirations by demonstrating the relevance and transferability of science and technology to a vast range of careers
  • Instil a sense of pride and excitement about the science and engineering research undertaken across the North East

It is anticipated this work will take 2-3 days plus an additional 2-3 hours for staff training. Any travel costs are to be included in the overall fee. Training can be delivered remotely if travel costs for the best candidate would be prohibitive.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter outlining relevant previous experience and a short description of how you would approach this piece of work. Please submit by 9 am Monday, 15th August 2022 to

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the brief, please contact (Head of Schools & Community Engagement). If necessary, we may carry out brief online/telephone interviews on Tuesday, 23rd August 2022.