Storytelling in Schools
The following schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Boroughs of Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham currently take part in the Everyday Magic Storytelling programme -;
Berrymede Infants School, Lady Margaret School, Marlborough Primary School, The Oratory RC Primary School, Perivale Primary School, St John’s Primary School, St Mary’s R.C. Primary School, Dormers Wells and Kensington Prep
Feedback from the schools
“We thank you for organising and delivering the Everyday Magic for the children. I love sitting in on some of the sessions. I find it fascinating to watch the children, as they move from being engaged to being enthralled by the songs and storytelling. You take them with you to a time and a place, it is mesmerising. There have been times when I’ve been transported with you and lost all sense of present time. Such a wonderful skill you and Sef have” Paula Evans – Acting Head of Park Walk, K & C
“Everyday Magic inspire children to demonstrate vocabulary that they wouldn’t otherwise have opportunity to. Those children who may be hesitant to show their learning when faced with a written text are drawn in by the song and feel comfortable. The sessions are wonderful for growing confidence for learners of all abilities. The overarching curriculum topic of ‘Local Area’ was comprehensively enriched by the storytelling and song histories shred with Everyday Magic. As a class teacher, I have been encouraged to further interweave storytelling into as many subjects as possible” Patrick Alton – Year 3 Teacher, Oratory Primary, K & C
“There are specific children in the class who have surprised us by their enjoyment and involvement with the storytelling and music. All children are enthusiastic and engaged throughout the session. In particular, children who are usually reluctant to participate in class activities are keen to be involved and join in with these sessions.
We have noticed that children are singing the rhymes ands songs they hear in the sessions with the storyteller and then are eager to practise these songs during the week including playtime. Children refer to the stories they are learning about and link it to their personal experiences. Children have also been keen to use the new vocabulary they have heard the storytellers use in their own writing. We have found that these sessions have increased the children’s confidence to speak aloud and take part in role play activities. The storytellers allow the children to interact with the instruments and become part of the the story. The children have been shown how to use the instruments correctly and how to use them for effect.
As a year group we are impressed that Everyday Magic take the time and effort to link their sessions to our core text and topic themes. The children in our classes really look forward to the sessions and have enjoyed building rapport with their storytellers (Anne, TUUP and Hugo)” Sian O’Brien – Year 1 Class Teacher, Lady Margaret, Ealing
“I have been pleasantly surprised with the participation of EAL and SEN children in the class. Children who are usually reluctant to join in at carpet time are more willing to join in with songs and actions. They enjoy mimicking animal noises, acting out characters from the story, and singing along with Anne and Hugo. The use of instruments grabs the children’s attention.
Children like to play ‘teacher’ and often sing the songs and rhymes during their play. On days when Anne and Hugo are not visiting, children in Pear class have asked to sing some of the rhymes before starting story time. This have become part of our story times schedule. Pear class enjoys acting and dressing up, and we will often set up props/costumes relating to the story for children to play with afterwards. It is amazing how well the remember the stories and songs! Pear Class is beginning to learn the parts of a story (characters, setting, problem, resolution) and using sequencing sheets to write simple sentences. We are able to use stories taught by Everyday Magic as examples since the children are interested in them and they have topical words/storylines.
Pear class love singing songs and joining in with stories. They have grown quite fond of Anne and Hugo and look forward to each session. Some children are quite curious about the various instruments used. They have asked Hugo how the instruments work and enjoy learning about how instruments can be used to make different sounds.
Everyday Magic has become a favourite part of Pear class. We throughly enjoy the creativity, fun and excitement that Anne and Hugo bring each time. The lessons help the children in many areas of the curriculum including communication and language, speaking, listening, art/design and imagination” Paula McClean – Reception Teacher, Perivale, Ealing
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