Primary Schools

Techniques for storytelling with children

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Crowd control I have always loved storytelling and creating stories with children.  Their unpredictability and blunt but honest reactions. I enjoy all of that and most of all, the opportunity to encourage them to let their imaginations run riot.  Whatever the age or the setting there are going to be times when you have to […]

KS1 & KS2

Storytelling techniques in the classroom

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Innovate My School ideas I found out about ‘Innovate My School’ on Twitter.  They share and inspire innovative ideas in the education sector with their huge online community and events.  I’m really passionate about inspiring the next generation of readers, writers and storytellers in creative and collaborative ways. As I spend quite a bit of […]

Primary Schools

World Book Day 2016

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Wendy Shearer at Mitchell Brook Primary School

Stories stories stories I absolutely love World Book Day celebrations.  Yes it’s for the children BUT we adults get a free pass to dress up (if we wish) and obsess about our favourite stories, characters and authors. To be honest I do that quite a lot as a storyteller anyway but WBD 2016 is a […]

KS1 & KS2

Storytelling and literacy

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Storytelling in schools Most of my storytelling time is spent in schools. Teachers invite me to come along and join in celebrations for Book Week,  National Storytelling Week, World Book Day, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, International Week and many more.   Supporting literacy My aims are usually to inspire children with the pleasure […]

KS1 & KS2

Storytelling in different cultures

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A visit to the International School of London ‘Stories express beliefs, values and ideas’.  This was one of the cenral ideas being explored at the International School of London near Gunnersbury.  I was really pleased to be invited to run storytelling workshops at their school.  We looked at the role of storytelling in different cultures and storytelling […]

Folktales

The art of storytelling

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Last week I visited St Aidan’s Primary school for their World Book Day celebrations.  The theme for the day was ‘ the art of storytelling’. It was a really lovely chance to demonstrate to children what skills are needed for oral storytelling.  Even more importantly, it was so much fun to get them using their […]

Primary Schools

World Book Day ideas

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Story Boat pops used during storytelling

There’s lots of excitement and buzz around World Book Day which falls on 5th March 2015.  Schools and families will be celebrating from next week.  I have a few World Book Day ideas which I’m planning to share online in their ‘World Book Day ideas‘ section. I’ll be visiting St Aidan’s Primary School , Campsbourne […]

Folktales

National Storytelling Week

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Magic & mystery It’s been a wonderful few days celebrating national storytelling week.  Magic & mystery has been my theme for stories and I had the most fun telling them with Hill Mead Primary school yesterday. Sometimes I have an idea in my head, to set the scene but it’s always best to take the […]

KS3

Jack and the beanstalk

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Fun with fairy tales I had the pleasure of running a storytelling workshop with Year 7 students at Collège Français Bilingue de Londres (CFBL).  They were preparing to re-tell the traditional fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to their primary class.  All of the children were  already familiar with the tale. This meant that […]

Folktales

WOW words

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I spent an afternoon telling folk tales with a Year 3 class at Campsbourne school.  Everyone was animated and keen to join in with ideas to add to the plot, create atmosphere with musical props or act out a character. The surprising part of the sessions was how much time we spent thinking of various […]