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National Storytelling Week 2024: ideas and classroom activities for storytelling

Added 15 Dec 2023 | Updated 01 Feb 24

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What is National Storytelling Week?

In 2024, National Storytelling Week will take place from 27 January to 4 February.

This fantastic annual event is a joyful celebration of the power of sharing 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.

National Storytelling Week Activities: Dream Up a World

Engaging with writing role models can inspire children to be deeply experimental, creative, and develop confidence in their own writing ability. Through our programme of online classroom events and follow-up resources, pupils can engage with a variety of fantastic authors and storytellers to help them discover the young storyteller within themselves.

Join us between 27 January and 4 February 2024 to dream up brilliant new worlds. From picture books to video games, there’s something to spark every child’s interest.

Our flexible storytelling activities - designed for learners across a wide age range covering Early years, KS1, KS2 and KS3 - will help to inspire a love of storytelling.

Dream up a World: storytelling project with Swapna Haddow for ages 5 to 7 (KS1)

In partnership with author Swapna Haddow, and supported by REY Paper, we have created a storytelling project designed to inspire a love of story creation and storytelling.

The project kickstarted with a live virtual storytelling event with Swapna Haddow, which you can watch below. Our follow-up classroom resource will support pupils to create their own character and story inspired by Swapna's hilarious and heartfelt picture books: My dad is a Grizzly Bear and My Mum is a Lioness.

Download resources for free at the bottom of this page.

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Dream up a World: storytelling project with Steven Camden for ages 7 to 11 (KS2)

In partnership with poet and author Steven Camden, and supported by REY Paper, we have created a storytelling project designed to inspire a love of story creation and storytelling.

The project kickstarted with a live interactive story building event with Steven Camden, which you can watch below! Our follow-up classroom resource will support pupils to create their own story world inspired by Steven's own creative process.

Download resources for free at the bottom of this page.

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Dream up a Gaming World: storytelling project for ages 11 to 14 (KS3)

This gaming-inspired world-building project, supported by REY Paper, draws on the gaming interest and knowledge held by many young people, and helping them with their own creative storytelling world.

Each year, schools celebrate the art of storytelling and the power of stories to connect, entertain, and inspire. This project for students aged 11 to 14 (KS3/S1-3) begins with a live event that brings together professionals from the gaming industry, including Rare Games, and BAFTA Games for a thought-provoking Q&A. Pupils will be able to gain fascinating insights, and have the opportunity to ask any burning questions. The classroom resource provides a fun activity for students to dream up their own gaming world and showcase their ideas through a gaming pitch, learning about the practical skills of storytelling through the real-world context of the video gaming industry.

The recording of our panel discussion event, which took place on 29 January, is now available to watch on-demand.

It provides an exciting opportunity to hear from a range of speakers with experience of storytelling and world creation in the gaming industry.

Download resources for free at the bottom of this page.

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Dream up a world: storytelling in the early years

Storytelling can be a magical experience - and the flexibility of making up your own stories can allow stories to be personalised for the children you are with by including favourite toys, familiar people, and even the children themselves! You don't always need books to tell a story.

Discover our selection of videos from Niall Moorjani to support the development of sharing and telling stories.

Story sacks are also a great way to bring real stories alive for children. For this year's National Storytelling Week, help children in the early years to dream up their own worlds and stories using our 'No-Story' Story Sack guide.

Download for free at the bottom of this page.

Additional classroom storytelling activities

  • Storysack Guide for Early Years - Explore our activities, tips and ideas for how to use a Storysack to tell stories creatively (available on this page).
  • Explore 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.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy stories across a range of themes and genres in our Young Readers Story Club.
  • 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.
  • 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 53 countries in the Commonwealth, great for sharing with your class.

Storytelling resources for families

We also have resources to help families enjoy the age-old tradition of storytelling and share their own stories, memories, and experiences.

Visit our Words for Life webpage for top tips on storytelling at home, and to download our ‘dream up what’s behind this door’ activity sheet.

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