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It’s National Writing Day – so go on tell us a story!

Words are very powerful things. They can convey our feelings, describe a scene, or tell a story. They can give us factual information or  give us pleasure by reading a story or listening to a song. We are frequently encouraged to read for pleasure so why are children not encouraged to write for pleasure?

I find writing for pleasure relaxing and lots of fun. There is nothing better than sitting down with a notebook and pen and letting your imagination run riot. It’s something that we should definitely do more of.  It’s also something that the new Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child is a big supporter of as she strongly believes that children should have much more time to sit down and let their imaginations wander and we couldn’t agree with her more!

In case you didn’t know today is National Writing Day and we thought we would come up with a little writing prompt for you in case you’re wondering what to do.

Pojo’s chest of dreams only grants wishes to those who had been good, but what would be in your chest of dreams and what stories would it tell?  

We are always on the look out for great stories and would love to hear yours.

 

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Happy writing!

 

Pojo’s got himself another badge of honour!

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We are absolutely delighted to say that our Pojo and the Chest of Dreams Create and Show kit was awarded three stars in the Early Years Excellence awards.

The judges said “The Pojo and the Chest of Dreams kit had a vast impact on children’s listening and attention skills. The children were able to interact with, and take part using the puppets, which is also good for social interaction and building confidence.”

It’s good to know our Pojo is such a little star!!

We were also delighted to see Little Livello was also a finalist in the maths category so it’s good to know that we’ve got a whole range of award winning resources.

To see the rest of the winners we’ve attached the awards special for you to have a read. Awards Special

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The Power of Creative Storytelling

SLT_Cover7-3_141-200 In this month’s School Leadership Today magazine, issue 7.3, our 7 page article shows you the real power of creative storytelling and how to harness that power in the classroom.

We have also included some recommendations for good books to use as well as a number of practical examples that you can use straight away.

We’ve included the article  here  but if you wish to register to get your free copy of the magazine just go to http://www.teachingtimes.com/articles/school-leadership-today-free-issue-register 

For more information on School Leadership Today or to subscribe just go to http://www.teachingtimes.com/publications/school-leadership-today.htm

Teaching Through Stories

Teach Primary March 15Teaching Through StoriesThis month’s Teach Primary includes an article about Teaching Through Stories and how stories can be used right across the curriculum. By looking at the when, where, what and how of stories and linking these to the curriculum.

The article is written by our very own Natasha Dennis and Tonya Meers.

For your copy go to www.teachprimary.com

Pojo Kicks off Book Week

Last week we had the pleasure of being asked to kick off Book Week at Harnham Infant School in Salisbury.

The children of the school had met Pojo previously because they had used Pojo Blows the Gunpowder Plot last November to tell the story of Guy Fawkes.

This time we told the story of Pojo Saves the Rainforest and then spent the day going into the classes to talk to them about how to put their stories together using our 7 steps to story writing.

We also gave them the challenge of writing a story with the characters from Pojo Saves the Rainforest and by the end of the day some of them had already come up with some wonderful tales of Pojo being a superdog and saving the world or meeting penguins. It’s always great to see where children’s imaginations go to when you let them.

We finished the day with a book signing and lots of the children bought other Pojo adventures. So he’s definitely proving a real hit in Salisbury!

Storytelling gets government backing

It was great this week to see Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for the Department of Education, promoting storytelling as a fantastic method for teaching children.

This is something we have always known but I think it’s easy to lose sight of this amongst the never-ending pile of teaching objectives that teachers have to deal with these days.

Educating others through stories has been a teaching method since before teaching methods were ever invented. It was how you taught your children, it was how elders of villages got others to follow them and it was great entertainment as well as a way of bringing people together. Why? Because it’s a very effective way of communicating.

The benefits of learning through stories are well known:-

  • it widens a child’s vocabulary
  • it helps them to broaden their knowledge
  • it helps them to become confident readers
  • it’s more important in determining a child’s success than how much money their families have
  • it helps their emotional intelligence
  • it develops their imaginations
  • it builds their communication skills
  • it helps to embed the learning

And that’s just a short list of the benefits – there are of course many, many more!

So as Nick Gibb says, “getting lost in a good story can allow you to discover more about the world, more about humankind and more about yourself. We need to introduce our children to as many stories as we can.”

Couldn’t agree with you more Nick!!!

If you’ve not read his speech here is the link https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/the-importance-of-storytelling

 

 

The Snail and the Whale craft activity

Well we couldn’t go Under the Sea without this classic tale by Julia Donaldson now could we.

snail on the whale craft activityHow we made the snails

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