Primary Schools & SEN

Story Play in Primary Schools

Story Play in Primary Schools

Story Play® offers colourful and engaging programmes in Primary Schools using a wide range of creative activities and materials to encourage children to explore the world of Stories and Play.

The programmes are delivered in collaboration with staff, children and their parents and carers. There is usually a minimum of six sessions including an initial observation and planning meeting so each programme is tailored to the needs and interests of the children involved, and also to the environment of each setting. Story Play® programmes can take place inside or outside. It is very suited for use at Forest Schools and I completed my Level Three Forest School Practitioner’s Award in December 2013.

Story Play® programmes are also available for SEN settings with vibrant and playful multi-sensory workshops designed for children with complex learning needs. Using carefully chosen stories and a range of exploratory activities these sessions encourage the participation and creativity of all the members of the group.

Carol worked alongside staff, students and artists at Brays School from 2007 to 2011. Brays is a Primary School in Sheldon, Birmingham, for children with complex needs and it became a School of Creativity in 2009 as part of the Creative Partnerships programme. An introduction to our innovative work on Inclusive Drama and Storytelling was also exhibited at the Festival of Britain. This was an extraordinary time and the work created in the classrooms with different year groups has had a significant impact on the way Story Play® has developed and it informs the principles and aims of the Story Play® Approach.

“Over the last year Carol has delivered two Storytelling and Storymaking projects with a class of Under 5s at Brays School. Each project was play based and explored ways to make Story Time inclusive, enjoyable and meaningful for children with a range of learning and communication difficulties.

Open-ended and multi-sensory activities were designed to complement each story and to encourage the participation and creativity of all members of the group. The work took place over 4-5 weekly sessions and were delivered in collaboration with the teaching and support staff, with feedback and evaluation an essential part of the process… She has been a key factor in the positive changes which have taken place within our school and I have no doubt she can have the same impact in any setting because of her open and inclusive approaches. Carol is a very effective practitioner and I have no hesitation in recommending her, and her work.”

Mike Scott – Creative Arts Co-ordinator at Brays Special School in Birmingham.