Stories at Large
Storymaking and storyacting for Foundation Stage – Nursery and Reception to
develop creativity, confidence and communication skills.
These sessions develop children's innate ability to be story-players – to create, act out, share and exchange stories. A variety of strategies to facilitate individual and group storycreating and the children then bring these to life using an approach from the work of Vivian Gussin - Paley.
Learning across all areas
Stories at Large supports learning across all areas of the curriculum, providing a motivating and exciting context for children to develop their abilities: It...
- Creates an enabling and inclusive environment where each child's voice is heard and valued
- Ensures all children are actively engaged in developing their physical as well as their verbal vocabulary
- Empowers children as their stories and ideas come to life
- Encourages collaborative relationships a children act out and discuss the themes of the stories
- Develops children’s capacity as ‘possibility thinkers’ which has been likened to the engine of creativity
- Develops confidence, communication and listening skills
- Builds understanding of the world and empathy for other peoples' feelings
- Extends literacy skills and the ability to create coherent narratives
There are many ways to embed this way of working into the nursery or school setting, so that staff and teachers can continue to use these techniques on an everyday basis. Skylarker offers inset training in this.
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