Story Play Projects in Schools and Community Settings

It’s been a real pleasure to reflect on the 2018 Story Play projects in Schools and Community Settings. These included storytelling at two Herefordshire festivals in the warm summer months. Look at this amazing Storytelling Sofa at Hellens Garden Festival

Here are some of the beautiful treasure boxes decorated in storytelling and craft workshops in Knighton, Powys. The library had recently moved to a new location in the town’s Community Centre and we were in a fabulous  light-filled room which opened onto a beautiful sensory garden.

In the Autumn Story Play ran a six week project for young children at Hereford Museum with a rhyme written especially for the bees in their glass hive! 

The third photo is of one of the books created in a Poetry & Creative Writing Session. This pilot is now developing into an enrichment programme involving two schools and with classes from Reception to Year Four. Can’t wait to get started!

 

 

 

Enrichment Programme 2019

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Story Play is developing an enrichment programme with a local primary school and will be working across different year groups, from Reception to Year Four, with a programme of storytelling sessions, storytelling and drama workshops and creative writing. Looking forward to the planning meeting next week and to setting out on this exciting journey in the New Year. More details to follow soon!

www.storyplay.co.uk/storytelling-workshops

Storytelling at Hereford Museum

Story Play in Hereford Museum

Story Play in Hereford Museum

In the Autumn Story Play held a programme of six sessions for the under 5s and their parents & carers in the Museum on Broad Street. There were poems, rhymes and stories based on things we could see around us; the bees in their glass-panelled hive, beautiful buttons, interesting hats, bells and lots of farming pictures and implements. After ‘Story Time’ came a simple craft activity and the chance to chat or explore. It was a great way to introduce young children to the Museum and to encourage them to become familiar with the exhibits and the layout. I enjoyed getting to know everyone and we had a lot of fun over the weeks. Thanks to all involved- the children and families, the Museum staff and volunteers, and the Early Years team that accompanied children from a local nursery who walked across town (and back) to join us.

“Fantastic Storytelling…” “…hold’s the children’s attention really well.”  “I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.”

 

‘Treasures and Tales’ at Herefordshire Museum and Art Gallery.

Join Story Play for family storytelling sessions in the Museum and Art Gallery on Broad Street. There’ll be stories and rhymes for the under 5s, and we’ll be exploring the Museum and discovering some of its extraordinary exhibits.

Starting September 18th for six weeks. Booking advisable as spaces are limited. Please email jradburn2@herefordshire.gov.uk to book and there is a charge of £1 to cover costs on the day.

May 2018

Delighted to be telling stories at two local festivals in the next month or so. On Friday 18th May, and Saturday 19th there are family storytelling and craft sessions at the Hereford Yoga Festival, which takes place in a beautiful rural location. Find out more at www.herefordyogafestival.co.uk

Then on June 10th there’ll be family storytelling at Hellens Garden Festival, in Much Marcle near Ledbury. More information about this stunning venue and inspiring event can be found on their website.

Summer 2017

Rainbow Rhymes

Story Play was commissioned by the Ledbury Poetry Festival to create sessions for under 5s in two pre-school settings. This was co-ordinated by the Children’s Centre in Ledbury and developed work that took place in the Forest School there in 2014. This year’s workshops were so enjoyable and I was very grateful for the support and encouragement received from the staff and volunteers I worked with. In each session two groups set off with a Rainbow Ribbon on a poetry, rhyme and storytelling adventure ….using lines from Wordsworth and George Meredith as the inspiration.

“The children loved the sessions”

“The quietness was refreshing – gentle pace and beautiful vocabulary”

“Loved the bubbles too”

 

 

April 2017

The storytelling sessions at the recent Gruffalo’s Spring Picnic at Queenswood near Leominster took place in the new yurt. This was a beautiful setting for the sharing of stories and created a very special atmosphere. The park was filled with activities and there were lots of visitors enjoying the sunshine and the sight of trees in full blossom.

November 2016

 Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing

Story Play is now offering movement meditation sessions for schools. Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing is a specially developed sequence which promotes physical, mental and emotional health by distilling the qualities of Tai Chi and Chi Kung in a simple and accessible way. It is an enjoyable and easy to learn, helping to reduce stress, develop mindfulness and promote creativity. These workshops are available with storytelling and creative writing activities, and also as stand-alone full or half day workshops.

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Summer 2016

Story Play was back at the Yarkhill Field to Fork Festival on a sunny day in June and enjoyed a fine day of storytelling in a beautiful bell tent. It was a wonderful opportunity to share some of our favourite stories and to spend time with lots of children and their families.

We’ve been invited to join the launch party for The Gruffalo Trail on September 17th at Queenswood Country Park on Dinmore Hill near Leominster. See the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust website for more details of this exciting family event, including the park and ride scheme, see http://www.herefordshirewt.org

Coming up in the Autumn is a CPD session at Bishops Wood Environmental Centre in Worcestershire – suitable for Early Years, Primary School and Forest School educators. More info coming soon…

 

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Spring 2016

The Story Play programme at Grange Court came to a close at the end of January and the children from Oaks Children’s Group in Leominster made their last visit to the studio to listen to their favourite stories. It has been a very satisfying and fulfilling project and since November 2014 we have shared eighteen Story Time sessions!  – and two CPD workshops for educators. The benefits of a long term programme were appreciated by all involved. Many thanks to the Herefordshire Community Foundation and also to ACWM for providing the funds for this work.  Thanks also to the Reception Volunteers at Grange Court for the support they gave to the children – the warmest of welcomes as they came in through the door and always managing to find a place to park  the turtle bus.

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Coming up soon is a visit to Lugwardine Primary Academy for World Book Day on Thursday March 3rd and a CPD workshop for Herefordshire Forest Schools Group on Saturday 2nd April. See www.herefordshireforestschools.org.uk