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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.

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Surfing Diorama

surfing activity 2Malu kangarooI’m sure if I was to ask you where surfing started you would say Australia. Well is according to this week’s story Malu Kangaroo by Judith Moorcroft. This is a lovelly illustrated book with artwork inspired by aboriginal art by Bronwyn Bancroft. In the story Malu Kangaroo makes the first surf board and teaches the children how to ride the waves. So we dug out our baggies and made this surfing diorama.


To make the diorama

  1.  Take the lid of a box. I used lids from our key stage one creative storytelling kits but a shoe box lid would also work. On one of the long edges cut out  section to poke the surfers into.
  2. Paint the inside of the box.
  3. To make the sea we took a piece of blue sugar paper that was long enough to go across the front of the lid and wrap around the sides. We then drew waves by practicing our letter cs this was a good pencil control exercise.Writing excerciseWe then cut theses out and stuck them to the box.
  4. Now for the surfers I had printed this surfing template for the children to decorate and we stuck the finished surfers onto craft sticks.

We then used our surfers to interact with the story riding the waves.surfing activity

Rainbow Bird Finger Puppets

Rainbow bird finger puppet 1I started this session by teling the traditional aboriginal tale, Rainbow Bird. In it a crocodile has control of fire, without fire Bird Woman is cold, in the dark and has it eat her food raw. Bird Woman outsmarts the crocodile and waits for him to go to sleep and then takes his fire sticks and put them in her tail and spreads lights and fire from tree to tree, so from then on anyone can have fire by burning trees and the Bird Woman has bright tail feathers and becomes Rainbow Bird.

Rainbow bird by eric maddernI used Eric Maddern’s version for my telling.

Making the finger puppets

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Pojo wins Silver

PTU AwardPojo and King Tut Tut’s Lost Treasure Create and Show puppet making kit for Key Stage Two has won Silver in the Primary Teacher Update Awards. Pojo was very pleased to be at the award ceremony last friday.  We were delighted with the feedback from the testers.

“The children in KS2 loved this product. The story and the play were both well received. The patterns to make the characters were clear.  A well thought-out kit with everything clearly labelled and detailed instructions. Fits los of areas of the curriculum.”

pojo & king tut tut's lost treasure KS2 kit

There’s an Ouch in my Pouch – Wallaby Craft Activity

This week was the start of my regular creative storytelling sessions for this term. This half term I have a year one group and the our theme is going to be Australia. We are kicking off with wallabies.

There's an ouch in my PouchI had thought that most of the children would have known the storWallaby activityy There’s a Ouch in My Pouch by Jeanne Willis as it arrived in our house in one of the Bookstart packs but they didn’t seem to know it. In the story Willaby Wallaby does a lot of boinging around so I wanted to create a wallaby that moved. To ahieve this we used paper fasternet to join the limbs.


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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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Smiley Shark Stories and Craft

We have two Ruth Galloway stories this week but more about those in a moment as we get on with our making first this week.

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