Education

“I loved the stories! When are you coming back?”  Jake, age 9
“Thank you for giving our children such an enriching experience with your storytelling workshops.  Years 3, 4 and 5 loved it and it gave the teaching staff inspiration and confidence to try similar activities with their classes. We had an assessor in from Arts Mark and she was very impressed with our links with such a great storyteller…  so thank you!!”  Ms Dissington, Bromstone Primary School
“The children were captivated. I’ve rarely seen them so focused for so long.”  Teacher, Swalecliffe Community Primary School

 

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Emily has over 10 years of experience working with primary schools, secondary schools, academies, colleges, universities and adult education centres to promote creative learning and wider cultural awareness through storytelling across and beyond the curriculum. Emily also runs CPD sessions with a focus on storytelling skills.

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What is Storytelling?
Storytelling is about communicating a story in a way that is both live and alive. It’s about taking the story off the page and retelling it through a process of visualisation. Rather than memorise text, the storyteller creates an internal world of imagery and through the telling, converts that imagery into language. The retelling of a story becomes something personal, told in the storyteller’s own words.The same story will change with every telling, responding to each different audience.
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Why Storytelling?

For pupils, especially those who struggle with the written word, storytelling is a way of engaging with a story without the usual barriers. Time and time again I’ve worked with pupils who tell me stories are boring. What they usually mean is that they find reading and writing difficult, and are reluctant to pick up a book for this reason. Interestingly, it is often these pupils that become the most engaged and passionate storytellers.

Even for those pupils who find reading and writing easy, storytelling greatly benefits language development, speaking and listening skills and communicating individually and as an ensemble.

Storytelling encourages flights into fantasy worlds. It empowers both the teller and the listener, stretches the imagination and broadens horizons, offering a deeper understanding of different cultures as well as the immediate world around us.

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Which Stories?

Emily tells traditional stories from across the world… Anansi the Spider trickster tales from Africa, folktales from the Indian subcontinent, Norse mythology, Greek mythology, Egyptian mythology, Hindu mythology, stories from the British Isles and European and Russian wondertales to name but a few. These stories may be old, but Emily’s tellings are absolutely present, full of participation, vibrant energy and rich imagery.

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Storytelling…

  • Is about lifting the story off the page and sharing it in a way that is both live and alive
  • Stretches and inspires the imagination
  • Broadens cultural horizons
  • Improves literacy levels
  • Can be a powerful educational tool across the curriculum, building not only a love of stories but also a greater passion for learning in life.
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Storytelling Performances

Emily offers storytelling assemblies or longer performances for classes, year groups or for the whole school. These can be theme-based or aimed at specific age groups from Reception to Year 6.

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Storytelling Workshops

Emily offers workshops to inspire and develop creative writing, speaking, listening and language skills, confidence building, drama skills. an understanding of narrative structure and much more.

These can be the perfect springboard for literacy work or tailor-made to fit any project, explore any theme or bring to life a specific subject area.

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For Teachers

Emily runs ‘Storytelling in the Classroom’ CPD sessions which develop teachers’ own storytelling skills, explore how storytelling can be used across the curriculum and teach specific techniques for inspiring and improving pupils’ creative writing.

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And More…

Looking for something a bit different?

Ghost stories on a school trip?

Creative work outdoors?

Stories for a cultural festival?

Creation Myths?

A Book Week event?

 

Get in touch for a chat!

 


 

Costs vary depending on exactly what you would like. Please get in touch for more details.