Workshops for Schools

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Storytelling supports literacy, imagination and bold creativity. 

Listening and telling are huge fun – painlessly instilling many transferable life skills.

Devising and speaking stories help children + young people develop confidence and emotional resilience.

Chloë engages students from Year 3 right through to Higher Education with lively humour and a relaxed style, while setting high standards of mutual respect and professional focus.
 

Please note that traditional stories refer to fictional magic, peril and monsters. Such narratives are deeply and reassuringly moral, even as they entertain.

“Up ’til now I couldn’t go on stage without giggling or bursting into tears. Doing  this course changed all that.”

“WE WANT TO DO MORE STORYTELLING.”
– Year 7 students, Merthyr Tydfil

One of our Moggies is Missing

Y3 – Y7 Oral storytelling, comprehension, description, questioning

StoryMaker!

Y7 – Y13 Oral storytelling, speaking skills, creative devising

Bardic Battle / S Factor Story Slam

Y7 – Y13 Listening + speaking, creative collaboration

“I would like to say how pleased we were with the wonderful experience our pupils had during the entire Bardic Battle process. Students from all ability ranges engaged enthusiastically with the project … The benefits of this unique learning experience will resonate throughout their lives. It was particularly heartening to see the growth in confidence … of quieter students who positively blossomed during the sessions” – Bill Mulry, English teacher, Bishop Hedley Catholic High School, Merthyr Tydfil

Dragon Day

“A huge success. The assembly we did afterwards was one of our best ever. The children wrote and told their own tales and were brilliant … I mean, truly brilliant! Obviously inspired by you!” – Great Rissington Primary School, Gloucestershire

Agent Green the Dragon Whisperer from DCHQ Dragon Conservation Headquarters enchants with Dragon Tales from around the world, plus hot tips on the care and training of dragons.
 
  • Y3, Y4 optional worksheet Hatchling Care Plan
  • Y5, Y6 optional worksheet Dragon Tracking Plan
  • Storytelling with Q&A
  • Guided group spoken word story
  • Writing instructions, reports and creative writing + illustration
  • Optional presentation to Year Group or whole school: storytelling and reading solos, pairs and mini groups.
Learning points:
    • Vocabulary, understanding, fluency; instructions, public speaking
    • Preparation for factual writing, creative writing, artwork
    • British and world traditional story heritage.

One of our Moggies is Missing

“Never seen the children sit and listen so well!” – Ducklington Primary School, Oxfordshire

The Crazy Cat Lady ‘interrupts’ class. She’s searching for her missing moggie. But what she describes sounds very like a tiger! Still, there’s time for a story…
  • Storytelling with Q&A
  • Pet care basic tips, what to do if a pet goes missing
  • Comprehension, reporting, description, questioning in preparation for writing instructions and creative writing

 

At the end of the session, Crazy Cat Lady gets a message that her furry friend has been seen waiting on her doorstep. All is well.
Learning points:
    • Comprehension, instructions
    • Reporting, describing, questioning
    • Care tips for cats and pets in general.

Storymaker!

“Fantastic and inspiring” – Sapperton School, Gloucestershire

Young people get a huge kick out of discovering pro secrets of freestyle spoken word narrative.
A workshop typically includes:
 
  • Contrasting styles of oral story performed by Chloë
  • Essential stagecraft including mic technique
  • Adapt a traditional story or devise original material for oral storytelling
  • Present as solos, duos or mini groups
  • Q&A
 
Double lesson minimum
Suitable for development as a school performance.
Great for technology practice eg audio / video recording. Link to art + design: illustration, graphic novel form.

“Very successful, the children loved your stories” – John Moore Primary School, Tewkesbury

Learning points:
  • Narrative / dramatic structure, memory techniques, collaborative creativity 
  • Listening and speaking skills, fluency, focus, empathy, confidence
  • British and world traditional story heritage; inspiration to reconnect with cultures of origin / recent generations.

Bardic Battle / S Factor Story Slam

Series of at least 4 x double lesson sessions, developing skills and pieces for competitive performance. Plus democratic audition and gala event.
 
  • Introduction to oral storytelling styles
  • Trade secrets of stagecraft including voice, movement, mic technique
  • Adapt a traditional story or devise original material for oral storytelling, working as solos, duos or in mini groups
  • Democratic audition
  • Dress rehearsal
  • S Factor Story Slam gala event, held in a real performance space for an invited audience.

 

Winners are chosen by audience clap-o-meter, teachers and ideally a local celebrity recognisable to the students. Small prizes add motivation. 
Also suitable for performing arts students.
Chloë teaches storytelling

“A wonderful experience for our pupils. Students from all ability ranges engaged enthusiastically with the project. The benefits will resonate throughout their lives. It was particularly heartening to see the growth in confidence of quieter students who positively blossomed during the sessions” – Bill Mulry, English teacher, Bishop Hedley Catholic High School, Merthyr Tydfil

Learning points:
  • Professional stagecraft, voice and memory techniques; public speaking skills
  • Devising narrative from existing and new material; collaborative / independent creativity
  • Awareness of British and worldwide storytelling traditions, introduction to true life storytelling
  • Confidence, self control, stress management, empathy; a professional approach to rehearsal and performance.

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