‘Fairytales don't tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairytales tell children that dragons can be killed’ G.K. Chesterton 

Talking in class...
Storytelling has a significant part to play in contemporary education. The Crick Crack Club can recommend storytellers for work with pupils from year R to post 16 and with life long learners. Whether offering day-long performances or workshop visits, or longer residencies and creative projects, this is a chance to see the world through the eyes of an artist. Storytellers support events such as ‘arts weeks’, ‘book weeks’, calendar festivals and projects which focus on narrative, speaking & listening, history, myth, culture, PHSE & citizenship. The Crick Crack Club also organises workshops, CPD training and storytelling modules for staff and teacher training courses. If you're looking for a storyteller, please contact us.

TUUP performing for children Jo Blake Cave performing for children An interactive performance

Speaking, listening and imagining
Oral stories stimulate immediate and vivid imaginative responses in the listener, as each audience member conjures images in the cinema screen of their mind’s eye. Hearing and re-telling stories give pupils access to narrative without the boundaries of paper, pens and print. Retelling stories draws on language and speaking skills, requiring children to sequence events, select language, develop characters and evoke settings for whoever their audience may be. For older pupils storytelling provides direct access to narrative lines and structures, and can be used to develop sophisticated improvised language and performance skills. Because narrative is the most familiar way of organising experiences, children implicitly know a lot about stories, how they're constructed, what to expect and how to respond. This familiarity allows stories to deal with big issues and big ideas.

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