Storytelling in Education

I am determined to ensure that children encounter the best possible opportunities to hear and experience the sheer joy that storytelling will bring to their lives.  In the shows their eyes and minds will be opened to new possibilities and in the workshops new abilities and talent will be discovered.

Storytelling in library

My Storytelling,

       Familiarises children with story

Encourages the use of imagination and creativity

Increases verbal proficiency and enhances listening skills

       Increases children’s willingness to communicate thoughts and feelings

       Encourages cooperation between students

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With laughter, music and song I bring to life traditional tales and make them relevant for today's children.  Stories are chosen and the shows structured for each year group.  Children are encouraged to take part and be active in the performances.

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Listening to stories stimulates childrens creative imaginations and exposes them to new emotions. Through the shows the students will use many skills including listening, speaking and cooperation.  They will experience story structure, imagery and language. They discover that storytelling is something they do all the time with their friends, at home and at school.

Primary schools

I create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in my shows and workshops that will entertain and challenge the your pupils.

A visit to your school will usually comprise of 3 or 4 one hour sessions with up to 2 classes of a similar age group per session.  My aim would be to performe to all the children in the school by the end of the day.  You could combine a workshop and storytelling shows as part of a days visit.

 

THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF

The Fables of Aesop, for primary schools.

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A collection of prudential maxims, and moral apothegms, of the ancient sages.
Thomas Bewick 1818.

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THE SHOW

‘The Monkey King’, ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’ and of course ‘The boy Who Cried Wolf’ are just a few of the moral tales of Aesop that are included in this show.  I perform the stories in a clowning and lively style that brings the characters alive.  As part of the show I will start a discussion on some of the tales to encourage the pupils to debate their own ideas on the moral issues within the stories.

WORKSHOPS

For schools that are interested I can run performance workshops based around these stories.  I can also lead creative writing sessions where the pupils can produce their own fables.

Like all of my shows these tales can be listened to and enjoyed in their own right and/or used in the Primary Literacy Framework.

Secondary schools

The sessions are created for the age of the audience, from year 7 to 'A' level students.  The tales range from dilemma stories, which can stimulate debate, to tales of wonder.  My shows are a humorous and challenging experience. 

Libraries

My shows can fit into most library spaces. You can arrange for schools to visit or for shows of your own during the holidays or evenings.

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Specific shows can be created to complement current school projects.

Little Red Riding Hood 

All of these human tales have relevance for today.  They are a vehicle for experiences

and emotions that help us understand what it is to be alive.

This is what a good storyteller searches for. 

 

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For information on creative writing and storytelling workshops click

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WHAT CAN A STORYTELLER DO FOR A SCHOOL?

by Tina Bilbé 

Inviting people into school creates a special atmosphere whoever they are. Storytellers, authors, poets or illustrators all provide excitement and stimulation.

What is special about storytellers and storytelling? 

Storytelling supports and underpins literacy development across the curriculum. A storyteller can improve concentration, listening skills and help develop and enrich spoken and written language.  A storyteller can stimulate the imagination, contributing to Speaking and Listening as well as Creative Writing, Poetry, Drama, Music and Art.

Hearing and retelling traditional tales can provide scaffolding for children’s own imaginative stories, giving the child a variety of frameworks to work from.

Storytelling encourages a questioning attitude.

A storyteller can create excitement and enthusiasm for History, Geography and Religious Studies as well as English language, literature and Drama.  Some storytellers have stories which connect with the Maths and Science curriculum.

A storyteller can widen the range of children’s emotional, cultural and moral responses  Sensitive issues can be considered through the distancing frame of a story.

Storytelling builds bridges across and within communities. Some storytellers have been involved in organising projects linking a school with the rest of the community.

A storyteller can teach storytelling skills to pupils, raising their self confidence. This has been proved especially effective with ‘low achievers’. Older children can tell to younger, benefiting both groups by building the self esteem of the older children and providing positive role models to the younger.

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