1 day of Storytelling for Book Week

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To celebrate their Book Week, the school brought in TheWholeStory to help get the children excited about the magic of reading and as a special way to inspire them to create there own writing.

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The school chose to have storytelling performance and follow – on literacy work suitable for each year group. Through discussions with the school, we determined the best schedule considering : their timetable, the type of sessions required, which Key Stages could take part and the number of sessions to take place. We selected the best stories for each group, to ensure the children would get the most from our visit.

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The children were treated to professional storytelling performances, bringing characters and events from around the world to life in front of their eyes. They experienced the great depth of detail and description that can be used to enhance a narrative, and considered how they might use this within their own responses, whether written or drawn, to what they heard. The children were left with a greater hunger for more stories; to make there own and discover them within the school’s collection of books.

“Josh is the most laid back, unfussy performer it has ever been my pleasure to book. And the work he got out of our top set, but behaviorally challenged, Year 7 boys was superb. I always recommend him without hesitation.”

Caroline Roche, Resource Centre Manager/Support Staff Training Manager,
Holmesdale Technology College

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Storytelling for a Primary School

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A primary school approached us wanting storytelling performance for their KS1. They found that most storytellers were more comfortable with KS2, but wanted the little ones to also enjoy a visit.

Middle

We discussed the sort of sessions we could offer, since we are always delighted to visit both KS1 and 2. As they were a 3-form entry, it was decided that the storytelling would take place in the hall, to ensure that one and a half of each year group class could hear the storytelling at a time. This ensured everyone would enjoy the performance without the groups becoming too large.

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We delivered 30-minute sessions with Reception, to include stories as well as nursery rhymes and songs for the children to take part in. Years 1 and 2 each received 45-minutes of performance, which they then created responses to in their classrooms, by drawing their favourite animals from the stories they had heard. Both the teachers and children were captivated by the energetic, detailed and humorous stories they got to see.

Storytelling Activities for a Secondary School

Beginning

We were approached by the Literacy Coordinator of a secondary school as they were having real difficulty getting their year 7s and 8s to write complex sentences, paragraphs and stories. They felt that a workshop with a storyteller, at the start of the school year, might inspire their young writers, and help the new ones get a feel for the library and resource centre.

Middle

We were approached by the Literacy Coordinator of a secondary school as they were having real difficulty getting their year 7s and 8s to write complex sentences, paragraphs and stories. They felt that a workshop with a storyteller, at the start of the school year, might inspire their young writers, and help the new ones get a feel for the library and resource centre.

End

Over the course of 1-hour sessions, groups of 30 children were inspired to write their own endings to a story. They were encouraged to use a great breadth of descriptive language and to consider including all 5 senses within their work. It was a delight to see both girls and boys knuckling down to the task, and the results were spectacular. A selection of them were so proud of their endings, they volunteered to read them to their classmates.