Story Play and Arts Award

Arts Award Scheme

Arts Award is a range of qualifications that helps provide young people up to the age of 25 with structured opportunities to take part in arts activities and develop their own creative and reflective skills. There are five different levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold and as young people progress through the scheme they can explore new forms of self-expression, meaning-making and also learn important life skills.

Helping young people to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities.
  • experience arts events.
  • develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life.
  • explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world.
  • gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment.

It is vital that children have the opportunity to take part in different arts activities and Story Play is now a registered Arts Award Centre and can work with young people on the Discover, Explore and Bronze and Silver Awards. The Bronze Award can be delivered in a day during a Story Play workshop. The children collect and present evidence of the following in order to pass the award and gain a certificate.

  • actively participating in any art form
  • at least one arts event and their review of that event
  • researching the career and work of an artist or craftsperson
  • passing on an arts skill

Click here for more information about Arts Award 

To find out more about Story Play CIC can help your school or community group with Arts Award email info.storyplay@gmail.com

Arts Award with Story Play CIC CIC

Arts Award with Story Play CIC

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 classes from Reception to Year Four. Can’t wait to get started!

 

 

 

Enrichment Programme 2019

Story Play

Story Play

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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