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The whole School enjoyed an inspiring week of storytelling visitors, activities and challenges all designed and arranged to spark imagination and a lifelong passion for storytelling.
On Day 1 we were delighted to welcome author & illustrator Kate Read into School. Kate led a number of interactive workshops with our Pre Prep pupils that focused on two of her fantastic books: ‘Boo!’ & ‘One Fox’. Kate read each book in turn before facilitating a range of craft activities linked to the characters and themes of the books that encouraged each of the children to take a personalised approach to their work.
On Day 2, our Year 3 and Year 1 pupils enjoyed a shared reading session in the library. The Year 3 children supported and encouraged their Year 1 counterparts as they read. Over the course of the week, our Year 4 children also linked up with Year 2 and Reception. These sessions help to build a rapport between the children, giving them confidence to support each other and share their reading journeys in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Day 3 of our Storytelling Week and our Prep children were thoroughly entertained by Mr Walker and Mrs Sims who read stories in French and Spanish over lunchtime break. Both teachers read a page of a book in Spanish or French before coming back to the children to pose questions or translate, as necessary. These sessions help to develop language skills as well as show how stories can transcend language barriers through illustrations and reader expression.
Day 4 of Storytelling Week and we were delighted to welcome oral and performance storyteller Shane Ibbs into School to regale our children with a range of traditional stories, myths and legends! Each group sat enthralled throughout and were thoroughly entertained. We were also delighted to welcome Poppy from Bookbags and Dragon Tales into our Year 2. Led by Poppy, the children re-enacted two stories linked to their learning on Antarctica before enjoying a penguin craft activity!
Storyteller Shane Ibbs returned for our final day of Storytelling Week, leading one of a rotation of storytelling activities for Years 3 and 4 and their grandparents or special people who were invited into School to share the day with them. It proved a wonderful way to conclude an inspiring week of storytelling.