Storysmith Storytellers offers 2 types of school programmes: story
performance and storymaking workshops.
The stories are offered as dramatic performances which inspire and
engage students imagination, giving direct experience of a live
performance art and providing a springboard for teachers follow-up
work. They are usually 50 minutes pieces, performed to up to 200
pupils at a time, from KS1 upwards.
- Tales from Arab Lands (KS1 and above)
- Tales from Around the World (KS1and above)
- Jack Stories from Many Lands (KS1 and up)
- Greek Myths (Creation, the Minataur, Cadmus and Harmony) (KS2
- Solomon and Sheba (KS2 and above)
- The Life of the Prophet Mohammed (KS2 and above)
- The Life of the Buddha (KS2 and above)
- Buddhist Teaching Tales (Jataka) (KS1 and above)
- Legends of King Arthur (KS1 and above)
- Creation Myths (KS1 and above)
- Fables and Proverbs (KS1 and above)
Chris Smith is co-author of “The Islamic Year” a book
of stories and activities through which to understand and celebrate
Muslim festivals. (www.hawthornpress.com/iyr-ndx.html)
Our lives are spent making and sharing stories with one another.
Through them we form our sense of self and purpose. These workshops
provide participants with a chance to make, tell and listen to each
others’ stories in a playful and supportive atmosphere, aiming
to encourage and affirm creativity as it develops.
The program offers a cluster of benefits directly related to the
National Literacy goals in the areas of fiction, creative writing,
traditional tales and communication skills (KS1-3). Beyond Literacy,
participants learn confidence in speaking, listening and working
in a team: essential skills for life.
Workshops are offered for pupils in year 2 and above, to support
speaking, telling, listening, reflecting and writing skills using
a mix of drama exercises, games and creative activities.
- Tell Me More (listening and exploring through questions)
- Fortunately-Unfortunately (tools for plot development)
- Exploring Character (tools to develop ideas on character)
- Storyboarding (formal scaffolding ideas for stories)
- Tell It Again (retelling and re-enacting fictional stories)
These workshops are most effective when sequenced over a several
weeks to provide a chance for benefits to develop.
Chris Smith is the author of a national series of “Storysmith
Storypacks”, providing stories and active speaking/listening/writing
activities for the classroom. (www.holdsworth-associates.co.uk)