Come and step inside a story with me today
and let your imagination run wild.
"Thank you for a fantastic session.
The children didn't stop talking about it and asked if it was taking place every week."
Thorpe Hall School
The curriculum at both Key Stage 1 & 2 supports the use of storytelling to develop spoken language and reading comprehension. The following sessions have been designed with these aims in mind.
Story Quest Sessions
Interactive story sessions with optional linked creative and/or instructional writing challenges which can be topic linked. They also include an optional return visit to share in writing challenges.
Epic Story Quest Sessions
Longer Story Quest sessions where students listen to and create their own stories through guided exercises.
These can be stand alone sessions and topic linked or can be a series of recurring sessions.
Virtual Story Quest Sessions
All the fun and interaction of a Story Quest, but virtually. My preferred platform is Zoom so the sessions can be fully interactive and as close to an ‘in person’ visit feel as possible. However, I’m happy to work on other platforms including Google Teams, Facebook live and You Tube or to provide pre-recorded stories where prefered.
Frequently asked questions
What happens in a typical session?
Children get to hear and participate in a told story and then are set a challenge at the end to link to a piece of creative or instructional writing. There is then the option to share this work at a re-visit.
How long are the sessions?
A story quest is a minimum of 40 minutes, but can be extended if required.
How many can you have in a session?
For a Story Quest I can have up to 120 in a session.
What do we need to provide?
Adequate space away from a thoroughfare to enable movement by me and a comfortable space for the participants. Ideally a school hall or library works well. Classrooms are not ideal unless there is enough space for the children to sit away from desks. A dedicated space where I can be all day is also the ideal as movement adds time and disruption to the sessions for both me and the participants.
What topics do you cover?
I cover a wide range of topics to compliment the curriculum including, but not exclusively;
What does it cost?
Half Day rate is : £150 (up to 3 hours including breaks)
Do you have public liability insurance?
Yes I have PLI up to £10 million and an enhanced DBS certificate. I am also on the DBS update service.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Burnt Oak Primary
The children thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling session and so did the teachers. As I sat in my office just outside the room used for the storytelling I heard children saying "that was brilliant" "that was so good". Thank you Hannah for engaging with our pupils so well.
Wentworth Primary School
The children and teachers involved in the sessions thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Teachers have asked if we could organise for you to come back!
Thriftwood SEN College
All of the participants enjoyed the experience. They were fully engaged, even the ones who to begin with felt they were too 'cool' to join in. The staff were delighted that it was such a successful, inspiring experience. One teacher plans to build her whole series of lessons for the following week around the story.