We are so proud of the children in our school and celebrate the differences we all have. However, lots of our children come to us with a significant language gap. The Communication Trust highlights that children who struggle with language at five are six times less likely to reach the expected standard in English at age 11. Children with poor vocabulary at age five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary. They are also one and a half times more likely to have mental health difficulties. With this in mind our project focused on the ability to continue to use language through storytelling.
We worked with Wonderful Beast who provided us with two storytellers; Hilary Greatorex and Anusha Subramanyam.
Both Storytellers spent 3 days in our school during March delivering storytelling workshops with children in year 1 and year 2. Anusha worked with year 1 and used the story ‘HOW NIGHT CAME FROM THE SEA’ to inspire the children to retell the story through dance. Hilary also used this story and other traditional tales to encourage the children to act and retell the stories using their own words.
We are currently still working with Wonderful Beast on another project in year 5 but have not previously worked with Hilary or Anusha.
Two year 1 classes – 50 pupils
Two year 2 claases – 50 pupils
4 class teachers
4 Class teaching assistants