With storytelling, the possibilities are endless and you should firstly know that I can be flexible with your school and your ideas.
I have a plethora of stories for all ages and occasions that immerse children into new worlds, with endless characters, scenarios and adventures. These stories are engaging and interactive and have the children joining in with the telling.
What happens next is different... The stories don't yet have an ending... That is where the children come in.
The characters may be about to enter an unknown world. They may be face to face with a new creature. They may have just knocked at the door of a haunted house...
Using art, music and drama we will create and tell the rest of the story. The children are given the freedom to join together or use their independence and choose their medium for telling the rest of the story.
"Taran, you have caused arguments between the year 1 children. They were role playing your story at break time but couldn't decide who got to be Old man Pete and who got to be the Flugleberries..."
What a day might look like
- Interactive Story
- Discussion about the story and what they think will happen next.
- Idea taking -Class idea wall
- Pie Corbett T4W Short Burst Writing - One area
- Art session to create a setting
- Description sharing - Using the art work, we come up with potentially hundreds of adjectives for everyone's work in no time at all.
- Create their story - Through writing, telling or drama.
A Full Week
I can come and spend a whole week with one class, working on one or a series of different stories or I can work with children to use their own lives and skills to create their own stories in a full, week long, story writing workshop with telling techniques and an incredible scroll to take home at the end of it.
What a week might look like
Day 1 - Sharing stories - favourites - their own - about family and life - Learning stories - Analysis and evaluation of their love of stories - Telling of the story - Discussion around the story - likes dislikes - patterns puzzles - Re-creating scenes through drama and role play -
Day 2 - The (re) telling of the story - What do they think happens next? - Sharing ideas - Class idea wall - 10 second canon retelling - Story actions - Initial planning sheet of characters, setting, problem, resolution - Telling techniques through drama and role play
Day 3 - 10 second canon retelling - Use planning sheets to create a story map/mountain/plan - T4W short burst writing 5 areas -Introduce the Scrolls - Begin making scrolls - Use art technique to create a setting - Description sharing technique for adjectives -
Day 4 - Writing the stories onto scrolls - Breaks for telling techniques and drama where needed - Art to continue - Stories to be completed - Storytelling - Music, Audience participation, tempo, use of voice etc
Day 5 - Finish any stories - Think about how to tell their stories - Music, Audience participation, tempo, use of voice etc - Time to practise telling - Share with own class, other classes, assembly, parents... at the child's choice.
If you'd like to offer your children half a day of storytelling, this is what it could look like...
- Telling of a story
- Talking about the likes and dislikes of how it was told
- Choosing a section to retell (and/or amending the section)
- Practising in groups using music, audience participation and learned telling techniques.