"In the 10 years I have been at this school, Tony is the best visitor we've ever had! I've never seen anything like it. The staff were shown original ways to develop a story and the children were fascinated and so motivated by his storytelling. Fantastic!" Deputy Head North Tyneside November 2012
In my own teaching career I worked extensively in the K.S. 2 sector and, having visited so many schools since 1999, I have worked on a great many areas of the English curriculum with the older children.
I vary what I do to fit in with the children's and the school's needs. In many instances the creation of a completed, 'rounded' story, is sufficient for the students to complete in their own time after my visit. What I have written below is only one example of what I can do with K.S. 2 children. In this instance it identifies a common problem of the children loosing their 'writing stamina' and concluding stories with less enthusiasm than their initial 'attack'.
K.S. 2/ Y.6 session (Approx 1 hour) 1. Identify the key elements of a story and the needs of the reader. 2. Using elements from a variety of familiar, non-fairy tale story beginnings, compose a unique opening sentence. 3. Taking 2 random, everyday, classroom objects as a stimulus for the beginning and middle of a story. 4. Only the beginning and middle of the story are told and the group is asked to give a range of possible endings. 5. Under supervision, the children write out their own ending of the story.