Jan. 30, 2020
National Society of Storytelling is a UK-based society founded in 1993. Open to anyone with an interest in the form, they coordinate National Storytelling Week, which this year runs from the 1st February to the 8th February. Their mission is to promote the oral tradition of storytelling which was the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination. Storytelling has been shown by studies to aid learning in children for history, increase interest in science and have a positive effect on memory. When the students do the storytelling, it can encourage higher-level thinking skills, such as analysis and synthesis, as well as skills in oral composition. The Society for Storytelling has a range of resources on their website including fact sheets on hosting a storytelling week as well as a list of storytellers that are available to come into schools during the week.
Storytelling historically was a way to entertain or recount stories across different communities but with the advancement in technology, books became commonplace and nowadays storytelling itself suffers. National Storytelling Week is about reviving the love for storytelling and using emotion to convey a story.
In celebration of National Storytelling Week, we have several resources available on Purple Mash for you to use in your classrooms. You can find them all here.
There are a range of writing projects where pupils can retell a variety of fairy tales. Retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in KS1 or try our Cinderella themed resources to retell the traditional fairytale, or discuss a certain character. You could even retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and work in groups to then present your story using different voices for each character.
Children could also be encouraged to tell their own story using our Blank Chapter Book and Blank Comic Book available on National Storytelling Week to use with your pupils. Pick a theme, whether this be fairytales, folk tales, Historical stories or invasions and allow your class the chance to tell a story how they wish to, they can share this with their classmates or within school – we would also love to read them as well so please share with us either by email to email@example.com, or on Social Media.
500 Words from the BBC is another great resource to use to help children tell their story, the competition is now open and closes on the 27th February. The site has a range of resources and ideas as well as being able to listen to previous winning entries that children can use to inspire their own story writing. Another great competition and resource is The Wicked Young Writer Awards which is open until 18th March, the Wicked Young Writer Awards is a chance for young people aged between 5 and 25, to write about absolutely anything! It’s their chance to get creative and write on any theme that interests them. You can find out more about the awards here.
Enjoy your storytelling week and as the National Society of Storytelling states:
Remember everyone has at least one story to tell. It exists in the very air around you – Your story is the one you know best and as it is only the beginning, the stories you will tell might begin with...Once upon a time or not in my time, not in your time but in someone's time...