Storytelling school

Stories come alive for Fir Tree students during National Storytelling Week

Young pupils at a primary school in Newbury enjoyed seeing some of their favorite fables come to life.

A group of first and second year pupils from Fir Tree School in Newbury received a special visit from a professional storyteller during National Storytelling Week.

National Storytelling Week, which runs from January 30 to February 5, is an opportunity to promote and encourage storytelling in the classroom, by involving children in storytelling and the world of books.

Ride storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith with Key Stage 1 students at Fir Tree School. Photo by: David Wilson Homes

Children had the opportunity to enjoy interactive readings of Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Meadow in the Middle, at an event hosted by homebuilder David Wilson Homes.

They spent the morning with storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith, but rather than sit and listen, students enjoyed a “tailor-made experience” of interactive storytelling.

Merry-go-Round storyteller Ms Kane-Smith described the children as ‘brilliant’, ‘engaged’ and ‘full of laughter and smiles’.

Students enjoying an interactive Little Red Riding Hood experience.  Photo by: David Wilson Homes
Students enjoying an interactive Little Red Riding Hood experience. Photo by: David Wilson Homes

She said: “It has been a joy to work with Fir Tree School to celebrate National Storytelling Week.

“Oral storytelling is a wonderful way to ignite children’s imaginations and encourage a love of reading and stories.

“I always love how storytelling can take us away from the real world and into a place where magic can happen and these days that’s more important than ever.”

She added, “Thank you David Wilson Homes for organizing the event and Fir Tree School for hosting me!”

Amanda Kane-Smith, ride storyteller.  Photo by David Wilson Homes
Amanda Kane-Smith, ride storyteller. Photo by David Wilson Homes

Children also had the chance to understand and appreciate how oral storytelling has allowed stories to “survive and evolve” over many years and across continents.

Fir Tree School Associate Principal Lindsay Wood said: “The children at Key Stage 1 were captivated by their session with Amanda.

“They enjoyed every moment of her wonderful storytelling in which she brought the stories of Red Riding Hood and more to life in a vivid and engaging way.”

1st and 2nd grade students enjoy their story hour.  Photo by: David Wilson Homes
1st and 2nd grade students enjoy their story hour. Photo by: David Wilson Homes

She also thanked David Wilson Homes for providing the school with a “wonderful experience”.

David Wilson Homes Southern General Manager Campbell Gregg said: “It was a real pleasure to be able to invite students from Fir Tree School to experience a morning of classic storytelling.

“Events like these give us the opportunity to make a difference in the communities in which we build and provide opportunities for local children to improve key skills such as reading, writing, listening and speaking. creativity.”