National Storytelling Week – Saturday 30 January to Saturday 6 February 2016National Story Telling Week
Once upon a time children and adults of all ages told stories and brought to life the fairies, dragons, animals, monsters, aliens and creatures of our imaginations in the forms of traditional tales, folk tales, myths, legends and creative narratives concocted in the mind.
National Storytelling Week is an annual event that has been held by the Society of Storytelling for 16 years. It is an event that celebrates the art of storytelling and everyone can take part. National Storytelling Week takes place in schools, clubs, theatres, museums, hospitals and care homes.
As part of the English Curriculum, storytelling is something that teachers and children do on a daily basis, so organising a day dedicated to stories could bring the fun, excitement and magic into the classroom, into the school and into the local community.
Children, once they have an idea for a story, are limited only by their imagination. They can create, craft and construct inspiring stories if they are inspired to do so. One way in doing this would be to use a wordless picture book to hook children in, develop an environment of talk and engage in the art of storytelling. There are many books that can be used creatively within the classroom which you would be able to create a whole scheme of work out of and could be used in National Storytelling Week and beyond. One Education has selected three of the best wordless picture books out there.
You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart
This picture book offers a series of pages based on different every-day themes. Choose to live in a castle, on the moon, or by the sea. Decide if you would like a dragon, a panda or a monkey for a pet. Select your mode of transport, the food to eat and even who you want to have in your family! The opportunities of inventing stories using this book are endless and can capture the imagination of the youngest children. This book could also be used with older children in helping you to teach many aspects of the English Curriculum. What’s more is that it was offered in the Surestart book pack several years ago so there should be copies in your school!
Journey by Aaron Becker
Without words, the story is told about a lonely girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure and danger abound. Red marker pen in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon and a flying carpet which carry her on a spectacular journey … who knows where? This is the perfect picture book for discussion in KS2 classes and it shows how picture books can be relevant for children (and adults) of all ages. Using this book in the classroom offers the opportunity to develop reading comprehension by asking higher level questions, create imaginative writing by looking at the themes within the book and creating the perfect opportunity for storytelling.
Tuesday by David Wiesner
This is quickly becoming the classic of wordless picture books. Like Journey it can be used with children of all ages. Children in KS2 would be able to develop the ideas within the book to create fantastic, creative stories just by looking at the pictures. The ingenious and imaginative picture book encourages the reader to ask questions, create links and dive into a world on fantasy and imagination. Frogs in a pond lift off from their lily pads and fly to a nearby town where they zoom through a woman’s living room, encounter a dog playing in his yard and distract a man from his midnight snack. Who knows what will happen next Tuesday? Perfect for National Storytelling Week and for many other opportunities in the English Curriculum.
Everyone has a story to tell, make sure you tell yours. For more information and a pack on how to organise and promote your own event contact www.sfs.org.uk Good luck, let the storytelling begin.
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First written for One Education. For more please visit www.oneeducation.co.uk