It is said that reading to children on a daily basis helps young children in a myriad of ways but not all children are lucky enough to get read to at home. So in order to redress that balance somewhat I approached East Bergholt High School to ask if their students would be interested in going into Primary schools and reading to the younger children 10 to 20 minute stories as a part of their Pixl edge scheme and they jumped at the chance!
So on Wednesday the 6th I have been invited to go into the school and workshop a dozen year 9 students who all want to get involved. We will work on projection, character, pace and so on with their peers giving feedback as they practice the art of storytelling.
This is just all pluses as the older Students get to practice a whole bunch of different skills leading to enhanced confidence and themselves understanding the importance of storytelling. It gives the younger children a much wider variety of stories to listen to and so every child in that primary school will get to hear stories read out to them. (This is not about literacy but learning to love literature!). The links between the schools grow and so much more.
Mr Hetherington of East Bergholt has bent over backwards to make this happen despite having recently having had his workload doubled. so I am hugely thankful to him for helping to pilot what has now become known as The Story Gift Scheme.
If it is successful then it is a scheme that might get rolled out to the 1300 and more schools across the country that also reward their students with the Pixl edge scheme.
This is a small start but hugely exciting!!!
My aim in these workshops is to make it easier for children to understand how to write a story. So D J Cattrell is not just about books but about giving kids practical easy structures to understand all aspects of stories and how important they are in life from newspaper articles to Greek Myths around television programmes and over the hill of history. Stories are what we are, how we remember our world and how we make sense of it.
Wednesday 17th August 2016