"Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing"
National Curriculum for English at KS1-2
Performance storytelling sessions are fun, interactive and push student vocabulary at every opportunity. Stories are told in such a way that pupils are encouraged to question outcomes, interrogate characters and narratives - even affect the outcome of the story. Using physical theatre and role-play, participants gain a deeper, empathetic understanding of stories explored.
Performance storytelling sessions can be delivered to school groups from EYFS to KS3. I have worked with children and young people for many years and am equally experienced engaging with nursery children and toddlers, as with y8 students.
Sessions last from 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on class need.
Group Size and Space Required
I deliver sessions from class groups (10-30) in classrooms to up max. 120 in school halls. Class storytelling has a greater drama focus; larger group sessions remain interactive but with a focus on engaging larger numbers of pupils, such as whole year groups simultaneously.
Current Stories Available
Anansi Stories from Africa and the Carribbean
Greek Myths: Perseus and Medusa, Theseus and the Minotaur, Persephone
Norse Viking Myths
Tales from Eastern Europe: Poland and Albania
Why the Sea is Salt
Stories from Jewish Tradition: The Story of Chanukah, the Story of Purim
Stories from Hindu Tradition: Rama and Sita
I am based in Hackney, East London, am used to travelling round the capital and travel by car to places in the South East. Occasionally I am able to take my work further afield. I also have a base in Oxford, where I grew up.
Please contact me for further information, costs, bookings. or queries I am always happy to develop bespoke storytellings on new topics and cultures.
"The children were captivated by Alex's energy and confidence. They were given the opportunity to help him 'act out' the story and they used simple props in an imaginative manner to represent different objects or settings. This workshop taught the children about 'the art of storytelling', by showing them that with a little imagination, they can all be rowing a boat across the sea, or finding their way through a labyrinth. They found it exciting and enjoyable"
Gemma Streat, Bigland Green Primary School, London