English Key Stage One Speaking


To use storytelling as a way of encouraging children to use more creative and expressive language. The telling of existing stories allows children to focus on the actual language that they use. It gives them a set, but loose, structure in which to explore ways of expressing themselves and gives their imaginations a voice. By attempting to tell a story with a clear beginning, middle and end, a safe environment is provided for children to unconsciously concentrate on the key aims set down by the National Curriculum; they have to speak with clear diction and appropriate intonation, choose their words with precision, organise what they say, focus on the main points of the story, include relevant details and take into account the needs of their listeners.


You may choose from the vast number of stories suitable for children at this level, and many children will already be familiar with the basic plots of several commonly known tales. Simple, short stories are used to make it as easy as possible for young children to pick up the bare bones of each story. These come from a wide range of sources from traditional folklore to modern tales by authors like Terry Jones.


The workshop starts with a group discussion about the characters and events in the story. This leads into a tutorial where quick techniques for learning stories are given to the children. Then short, easy stories are handed out for them to tell to the rest of the group. This is done either individually or in small groups depending on the size of the class. A wind down session rounds off the workshop, where the pupils can draw characters, events and places from any of the stories that have been told.
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