“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.
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.
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
The new term is just about to start and Story Play is looking forward to welcoming the children from Honey Bees Day Nursery to Grange Court for the final part of the project funded by the Herefordshire Community Foundation. Then coming up on October 24th is a CPD workshop at the National Forest School Conference. (For more info see www.forestschoolassociation.org) The theme is “Playing with Stories,” and we’ll be exploring how stories can support play… and how play can give rise to stories in the Forest School environment. There’ll be opportunities to pool ideas and to try out different activities – along with tips on telling stories outdoors. The weekend programme is packed with engaging and informative talks and workshops. Hope to see you there!
Story Play CPD workshops are available across England and Wales and can be designed to meet the needs of settings and staff. The sessions receive excellent feedback from headteachers, nursery management and from early years practitioners.
Here are some comments from 2015 workshops:
“Just wanted to let you know how inspiring I found this course and how it opened my eyes to the ideas of telling stories without using books…”
“The children have responded really positively & imaginatively & we’ll continue experimenting with different ways to support their storymaking…”
“It was very enjoyable after a long day at work…”
“It was full of new ideas…”
“Everyone was allowed time to speak and listen and to give their opinion…”