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A Storytelling School

"I enjoy reading the story and asking questions and guessing what the story is going to be about." Amelia, Year 2

 

"The last step in storytelling is my favourite. This is when I get to publish my work onto posh paper and I make sure I use my neatest handwriting ever. It's a good feeling to compare my first draft to this final piece. I really like it when I get to take a photocopy of this home to impress my parents." 

Erin, Year 4

In 2018, we were successful in securing a grant for £15,000 from the Shine Trust as part of the ‘Let Teachers Shine’ competition for a storytelling project for disadvantaged pupils. This grant enabled us to use the power of storytelling to improve school readiness, improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in literacy and to develop the confidence, vocabulary and oracy of all our pupils. As part of this project, we developed as a Storytelling School.

 

From Nursery to Year 6, the children are told a wealth of amazing stories which form a key part of our curriculum. They learn, retell and work with these stories in their English lessons. Our aim is to nurture confident storytellers as we understand the wider benefits these skills have for our children across the curriculum. 

Storytelling at St. John's

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