This week’s homework activity was inspired by a recent trip to London for the British Education Suppliers Association AGM we were walking to underground when we saw an old Police phone box and wondered if went in there rather than the tube how different our day would be. So this week’s story starter is ‘The Day I Found Myself in a Tardis’.
Here is an images you can save, print and stick in the homework books or just to give you inspiration for a story.
Watch and link to the video below to inspire others.
A professor of surgery, Professor Kneebone, (Yes really) has told the BBC he has seen a decline in manual dexterity in his students which has led to them becoming “less competent and less confident” in using their hands. He’s put this down to the use of technology as well as less creative subjects being taught in schools.
However, better dexterity is not only a crucial skill for surgeons but it’s also needed for everyday things in life, whether its sewing on a button or even tying your shoelaces, our fine motor skills are necessary, and it’s vital that children from a young age are given the opportunity to develop them.
So how can you help young children to develop their fine motor skills?
Puppet making is an ideal activity for this because it has all the elements from teaching children how to use a scissors through to holding pens or pencils as well as basic sewing skills.
It’s also great for boosting their imaginations and creativity because they learn how to use different materials and media.
Another benefit is that they learn to work together collaboratively so they learn team building skills which again will be a crucial skill they will need as they go through life.
Puppet making also helps them to develop their speaking and listening skills as well as increasing their vocabulary.
Put puppet making together with stories and you really do have a winning combination that’s versatile, fun and engaging for children of all ages – and the adults enjoy it too!!
So to find out more about puppet making and creative storytelling and how you can help the future generations feel free to get in touch.
In the video above is a little bit of why and how we are launching the story starters. The idea is that as teachers you can set a story starter for homework each week, to encourage children to write creatively and for pleasure. Homework often becomes a chore for both the child and the teacher and there is often little time in the school day to let children fully exploring their creative writing.
Obviously it is up to you how you use the story starters but here are a few ideas:
Just ask them to write a story. Fantastic! Children have fantastic imaginations and love stories as we found with our recent writing competition.
Ask them to write the story using some of the interesting vocabulary, but please be careful with this as we don’t want to stifle their creativity. The interesting vocabulary is not designed to be a spelling list as the story starters cover all ages and abilities.
Ask them to write a story one week and then edit it the next adding in certain vocabulary and grammar. Kids are always amazed when we go into school as authors and say it takes us a few days to write a story and weeks and weeks to edit it.
Use the story starters for a game of storytelling roulette. This is great for developing speaking skills. Each person in a circle tells part of the story. You point to the next person to continue the story. If someone can’t think of anything or are reluctant to speak just get them to say a word of two even if it’s ‘and then …’. There are more ideas on how to use storytelling roulette in the video.
For more writing tips please go to our Facebook page and in the photos you will see all the writing tips we released for our writing competition.
This story takes the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf and changes it to include a girl called Princess Arabella. The princess is bored so she decides to swap places with the shepherd. But again she is bored so she starts lying to get the villagers to come up the mountain. Until a dragon comes and the villagers don’t believe her.
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