National Storytelling week promotes and encourages storytelling in classrooms across the UK. As part of Storytelling week, students at Moorland explored many new worlds, were introduced to amazing people and were transported forward and backwards in time. Students from all areas of the school came together to celebrate literature. Favourites included Julia Donaldson’s children’s books, the wonderful world of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Shakespeare’s tragic tale of Macbeth – there was something for everyone.
Students were encouraged to take part in new experiences as part of their English lessons, including acting, applying research to story writing, playwriting, and group reading.
Year 9 started Storytelling week by reading Stone Cold by Robert Swindells they researched, wrote and performed their group work based on the book’s theme of homelessness; they developed characters and powerful stories about their lives and recognised the struggles of being homeless within their short performance.
On Tuesday, Miss Faraday read Superworm to our Infant students at Clitheroe Library – they loved guessing which rhyming words would come next! In the Juniors, Year 4 continued to read Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory following this terms topic of ‘chocolate’. They designed their own brand of chocolate bar and researched the historical and geographical story of chocolate within their lessons.
Miss Peachey’s Year 5 students enjoyed Storytelling Week by developing their creative writing skills and performing some of their favourite tales such as a Squash and a Squeeze. Year 6 were taught about the history of William Shakespeare by Mr Atkinson, learning that Shakespeare’s literary works can be categorised into comedies, historical pieces, romances or tragedies. The class focus on the tragic story of Macbeth, and they all confidently read an extract during the Junior’s assembly on Friday.
At the end of a busy week, certificates were awarded to the students for their hard work and writing skills, as well as the award of a well-earned pen licence for one student.