“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 2020 will be 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.
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.
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 Discover 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 firstname.lastname@example.org