Outdoor storying for kids
Storytelling workshops for Early Years, Primary & Secondary
Storytelling outdoors is the perfect way to offer children a fresh new perspective when it comes to learning language, literature and history. Words, sentences and stories jump vividly to life when taken outside - especially where there are fabulous materials to be harvested from the 'Great Outdoors store' and get all arty and crafty!
My nature-based, interactive workshops bring English and History to life in an exciting and inspiring way; enhancing subject understanding and sharpening skills all at the same time! And that's not all - drawing on stories that are rooted in the wild outside encourages children to protect and preserve our land, trees, plants and creatures.
In times gone past, stories were so much a part of daily life that you wouldn't have thought twice about greeting the trees, telling a tale during tea and using the runes to communicate (if you were a druid!) But much of our knowledge is now lost. Do you know how the birch tree can be used in daily life or why the ash tree was sacred to the Vikings? Have you heard of the Ogham tree alphabet and do you know which tree is connected to your birthday? Can you tell me a tale about bees, deer, foxes or hare? How do you make fire and why is it so important? How would children have played outdoors in the past? What can you make from willow and which little bird shares her name with this incredible tree? Does she have a story too? What kids of story would you write if you were telling a fairytale? What's happening to our brains when we gather around the fire for a story? Which techniques are the ones to use if you're creating a tale that will be told thousands of years from now...?
These are the kinds of questions that are explored and answered in my workshops - while also enjoying the magic of Celtic folktales, fascinating folklore about our natural world and some basic bushcraft skills, all at the same time!
Workshops range from one hour to a full day and take place inside or out if the weather is bad. Workshops usually take the form of a three part structure - and include the performance of a selection of nature-based folktales, some practical bushcraft tuition and story-inspired creative crafting.
Each day / half day workshop is carefully tailored to engage pupils at exactly the right level in order to have maximum and immediate impact. I can design workshops that cater for a wide range of needs, including Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium, Gifted & Talented, English as an Additional Language. I can also provide additional resources and follow up tasks that teachers and parents can use if they wish.
One hour to half/whole day packages and World Book Day bookings available (although get in their fast - I tend to be booked up quite a bit ahead!) Price starts at £120 per hour and can vary according to group sizes, preparation/resourcing required and travel costs.