The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling

onceIn a fast paced, media driven world, storytelling is a nurturing way to remind children their spoken words are powerful, listening is important and clear communication is an art.

Why do people tell stories?

  • It is the way societies and cultures are preserved
  • To celebrate memories
  • To pass on values and beliefs
  • To entertain
  • To instruct
  • To report on and record important happenings
  • To forge group identities and a sense of common culture and understanding
  • To impart knowledge
  • To make connections with others and develop relationships that link people together
  • To establish a safe and secure environment

Why are we at Damers going to be telling stories?

  • Improve the development of language skills to impact on cognitive development
  • Integrate all the different areas of our curriculum with language arts
  • To put our learning into a real context
  • Build collaborative and team learning
  • Develop active child-centred learning
  • Improve our writing and core skills
  • Develop the language of Maths
  • Expand on our Pupil Voice principles and enable children to have an increased stake in their learning and become co-constructors of learning
  • Ensure our curriculum is accessible to all and no one gets left behind

How will this impact on our learning at Damers?

  • We will have motivated, confident, enthusiastic and independent learners
  • Improve our writing and spelling
  • Enhance our personal development, self-confidence and relationships
  • Use our language skills to improve our own and others work
  • Children and staff will be learning new skills together, both taking on roles of teacher and learner
  • Impact on our academic success and emotional wellbeing
  • Create artistic images using the power of speaking and listening
  • We will be able to communicate our feelings and thoughts in an expressive, lucid and articulate way

Why storytelling?

What do we feel will be the positive effects of storytelling on our children? What does it give our children?

  • A sense of history
  • Experiences of listening and turn taking
  • A sense of community
  • The ability to imagine
  • Confidence
  • Respectful/responsive listening
  • A tool for changing social stereotypes
  • Expressive presentation skills
  • Development and use of new and difficult vocabulary
  • The sound and use of grammar syntaxes other than our own
  • An understanding of the purpose for punctuation
  • An understanding of characters
  • A knowledge of sequencing and story structure
  • A sense of writing techniques
  • An opportunity to make choices
  • A sensitivity to oral language and its importance to culture
  • A connection between language and meaning
  • An awareness of the language of movement and expression
  • A sense of how stories have layers of meaning
  • A realisation of how stories can change with different audiences
  • A chance to experience the structure, vocabulary and styles of many genres of literature
  • Opportunities to confidently perform and speak out
  • A sense of personal power and control
  • Develop own natural creativity
  • Feeling of accomplishment
  • A chance to be heard
  • A chance to succeed
  • An opportunity to learn to trust themselves and others
  • A chance to command the attention of a group
  • A chance to be validated and to matter and be seen
  • An opportunity to see how learning is connected to life
  • A sense of how our ‘work’ can feel like play
  • A chance to make choices and shape our own learning
  • An awareness of ancient cultures and how they are connected to the present