Storytelling Projects

Here are some ideas for projects that might work for your school, library or other event:

Storyjam – great for a family audience or for KS1 – mix fast paced exciting tales from the storyteller with word games, mini drama games and improvised tales where the audience do most of the work!  Fab for giving families ideas to take away, or as a starter to lead into literacy work and story writing in schools.  Can be general or themed to topics such as Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Ancient Greece or Journeys. 

History your Way – a KS2 and above program that starts by performing historical fiction and then provides a fun research model to help students create their own historical story. Great for WW2, or The Industrial Revolution, can be prepared for many different historical periods.

Tales of Adventure – a KS2 programme that takes great adventure tales and uses them as inspiration for a series of paired and group writing exercises. Perfect for explaining genre and for looking at poetic language. Often leads to the creation of poems. This show is best unthemed, as the stories can then reflect different genres. Also makes a great pure entertainment session for families with older kids (8-12).

Storymaking Places – a KS1 or KS2 project delivered with a visual artist – take an indoor or outdoor space, and turn it into a specialised story classroom. Include elements to increase awareness of adjectives, tools for structuring stories and much more.

If you’d like to know more – check out these case studies

pyrography - problems
Year 1 project to make a story garden
picture of a giant with bugs in his hair
Short visits with stories and activities for Year 6

You can find informal notes reflecting on visits to schools and other unusual projects through the links on the right. My cv has a more detailed list of projects and visits to schools that I have made, alongside other artistic work. Return to an overview of my educational work here.

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