“Arts make the Difference.”
Story Play® provides storytelling in schools and sessions for early years settings.
Story Play® has been developed over many years by Carol Florence Graham who is a professional storyteller and writer. Carol has a degree in English and American Literature; a background in holistic education, a training in dramatherapy, and the Level Three Forest School Practitioner’s Award. She delivers storytelling workshops in schools and in many other settings across England and Wales, and also CPD for educators. Projects include working with Nursery to Year 4 at a local primary school; a storytelling project in South Wales; CPD workshops at the Bishops Wood Centre in Worcestershire, and workshops for Montessori International in London. Find out more about Story Play projects on the blog page.
New for 2019-20 are workshops and author visits to accompany ‘The Woodcutter’s Tale’ published by Ragged Bears and available in the autumn of 2019. These sessions explore the power of the imagination, kindness, and the importance of respecting nature and living sustainably.
For details of her other work – www.storyspace.co.uk
Story Play® works towards:
- Creating a nurturing environment in which creativity can flourish.
- Being fully inclusive and encouraging and celebrating each person’s involvement.
- Working openly and collaboratively.
- Creating a positive and enjoyable experience for all involved.
- Supporting children’s creative, linguistic and social development.
- Encouraging educators and families to share stories and poetry with children.
Story Play is a member of the Creative Connections Herefordshire
and Carol is a member of the Forest School Association
The Story Play artwork was created in 2013 by textile artist Kathleen Murphy of Murgatroyd and Bean.
Here’s a post about recent storytelling projects including an enrichment programme, and also an introduction to Story Owl!
Story Owl is a much-loved character in sessions for younger children and introduces the stories along with with a number of other colourful Story Friends!
On our travels in May 2019 we came across another rather beautiful Owl outside Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Story Play® was holding a weekend Story Time.
Work in Schools
Other projects this year have included storytelling for Year One at St. Peter’s CE in Droitwich, and the completion of an extensive enrichment programme in a Hereford primary school. This exciting project delivered sessions to children from Nursery to Year Four.
Each of the year groups had a different theme for their storytelling and creative arts workshops and we explored topics such as Toys with Year One, and Flight with Year Two. Year Three workshops centred around the Romans and Year Four combined the Ancient Egyptians with the Water Cycle! There were three classes in each year group from Reception to Year Four and approximately 30 children in each class so that makes 450 children! Plus another 20 or so in Nursery, giving a total of around 470 pupils enjoying a blend of Storytelling, Storytelling & Drama and with follow-on Creative Writing activities for the older year groups. What a great opportunity to work with children in a holistic and imaginative way!
Later this year Story Play CIC will be at the SHAPE event in Hereford. I’ll be talking about ‘Storytelling and Storymaking – Skills for Life‘ at this conference for Early Year educators. Then Story Play is heading over to Leicester to deliver storytelling and craft sessions as part of the Talent 25 project.
I’ve rejoined the Forest School Association and look forward to catching up with recent developments. This includes reading the report ‘Bringing Children Closer to Nature,’ by the Sylva Foundation, in partnership with the FSA. This research considers barriers to participation in FS programmes, and also provides recommendations to remedy this problem.
With its holistic approach and learner-centred principles Forest School is a very important influence on my work with nature-based storytelling. The FSA describes Forest School as ‘an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem. This is achieved through ‘hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.’
In 2014 I completed my Level Three Qualification at Bishopswood. I also enjoyed running CPD courses in Storytelling and Storymaking at the centre. I then led sessions for groups across England and Wales, which included workshops at a FSA Worcestershire conference, the 2015 National Conference and for our local group – FSA Herefordshire.