Inspiring Storytelling

 

Children love stories. As a professional storyteller, my unique and enthusiastic approach to storytelling awakens the imagination of children of all ages. I run interactive storytelling days in schools where the pupils not only listen to stories told by me, but also have the opportunity to act out what they have heard and become storytellers themselves.

I also offer an option where I teach a group of children a story. They then break up into smaller groups and practise retelling the story until they are confident enough to share their newly learned story with children from other classes. Telling a story orally, with no book to rely on, is a feeling like no other, and one that gives the teller a huge boost of confidence, not to mention enjoyment. The listeners think it is rather cool that their peers are telling them a story, rather than their teacher reading one from a book.

As children learn the act of storytelling, their confidence in writing their own stories grows. If a child learns how to tell an interesting story, they also gain a better understanding of how to write an interesting, well structured story.

I tell stories suitable for Nursery age children right up to Year 6 children. Some of the stories are my own, some are adapted from other sources, and all are fun, exciting and interactive.

 

What makes me different?

    • Fun and engaging
    • Over 10 years’ experience
    • DBS certified
    • Nursery – Year 6
    • Poet, Storyteller and Writer
    • Teacher trainer
    • Visited over 200 schools

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It's windy and 'orrible out there. Only one thing for it - time for your dressing gown!

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I'm becoming the Patron of Reading at LOTS of schools recently, and I'm loving it! Consequently, I've written a new poem about books. Here it is.

Oh, and if you're wondering what the sound is in the background, that's our puppy Pebbles chewing on a toy car!!!
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In the last half hour two, of my friends have posted about their worries and anger at their (young) children having pressure of work from school - both in the form of homework and also practise Sats.

It's made me think: how much good does all this do? Our school's headteacher pretty much put an end to homework last year and it's made things SO much better for our whole family.

Instead, the children are given a big list of projects at the start of a topic and they can choose what they like the look of and which ones to do over the course of a half term or term.

It's brilliant! Last year Violet did two PowerPoint presentations off her own back. Mabel created an amazing scented garden from a box. She still has it. I saw it her bedroom tonight!

And yet...

One of my friends writes...

'So sick of homework!
My daughter has:

*Spellings (some stupid ones)
*not one but TWO reading books
*a double sided comprehension sheet
*10 words to learn
*maths and literacy sheets! Every week!

Is it just me l?!!!'🤢'

Is it just her?

I'm willing to bet that it's not!
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My contract for my latest book has arrived!!! And it's got a proper wax seal and everything! Working title of my book...

'Never Give Bread To a Duck.'

Very exciting!
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