To celebrate storytelling week, taking place from 29 January to 5 February 2022, we have brought together some top storytelling resources you can share with your pupils to encourage them to read, write or tell their own stories.
Stories teach us about the world, they allow us to step into someone else’s shoes and feel empathy, they help us to relax and escape and they can help develop essential literacy skills.
We know from our research that children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to read above the level expected for their age as those who don’t enjoy reading.
What’s more, reading can also support children and young people’s wellbeing. We found that reading, writing and listening to audiobooks during lockdown has supported children’s mental wellbeing. Children said that reading (59%), writing (41.3%) and listening to audiobooks (31.8%) during lockdown made them feel better.
It’s never been a more important time to celebrate the magic of stories and encourage children to read for fun.
Check out these great resources to support your plans for storytelling week!
Dive into the Young Readers Story Club
This collection of short films features some fantastic storytellers, poets, writers and illustrators telling exciting stories.
Each video has a different theme and a fun challenge to complete. The stories can be used in the classroom or at home, and you can build on them to introduce different themes and genres.
They can also be used to support children to create their own stories to share.
Support early years children in telling stories
Children make sense of the world around them through stories. Creative storytelling involves children making up their own stories based on their interests, experiences and imagination.
Support early years children to tell more stories in your setting by using our top tips.
Share your class’s favourite stories with The Reading Tree Challenge
This challenge can be done all year round and is a beautiful and visual way of sharing stories.
Pupils are encouraged to write the name of a book they have read on a blank leaf, rate it out of five stars and add it to the bare branches of The Hope Tree, giving pupils the chance to showcase and celebrate all the stories they have been exploring while watching the tree grow.
Explore these 28 ways to turn children into storytellers
Take a look at this fantastic StoryQuest resource, packed with original ideas and fun activities to turn children into storytellers. Created by Kate Norgate of The Crick Crack Club in association with Children & the Arts.
Download free River of Stories collection
The A River of Stories anthologies can strengthen your pupils' imaginations, critical thinking, and their ability to participate in culturally diverse local and global communities.
Each volume contains a story or poem from each of the fifty-three countries in the Commonwealth. The themes of the stories and poems are based on four key elements that sustain our planet: water, earth, air and fire.
These are great for sharing with your class, you can read them aloud together or come together to discuss the themes following independent reading time. Find out more.
Write an Alex Rider adventure story
If you have Alex Rider fans in your class, why not challenge them to write their own Alex Rider adventure story?
Explore the resource to access a story writing kit and accompanying resources with lots of ideas for how the tasks can be incorporated into class time.
Looking for a storyteller for your school?
If you’re looking for a brilliant storyteller to bring the magic of storytelling to life, who is local to your school use our listings tool.
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