National Storytelling Week

Mrs Snow, Head of English

4th February 2021

This week is National Storytelling Week and we wondered if you would like to join in at home by sharing stories with your family or watching staff members read one of their favourites: Solefield Story Time

Year 2 have been reading their favourite books as well as traditional tales in Literacy for National Story Week. They have sequenced and retold the story of Cinderella, written letters to Jack from the Giant, listened to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and drawn their favourite part of the story. Now they are beginning to make their own story books of Goldilocks. For her Pre-Prep club, Mrs Goodwin has also set a challenge of creating a story stick.

In other year groups, boys have engaged in different types of stories. Year 6 have begun reading a story of survival in the wilderness, 'Hatchet' by Gary Paulsen with Mr Henry in their form period. Year 7 and 8 boys watched a Ted Talk by the famous storyteller, Jan Blake.

In Mrs Snow’s lessons, the Year 7 and 8 boys evaluated Ernest Hemmingway’s six sentence story:

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Can this really be considered a story? As a challenge, they wrote their own ‘shortest story ever’.

Here are a few from Year 8:

"He was lying on the ground, red ink everywhere." Joshua 

"On the precipice. My life is nothing…" Gabriel

"Curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity killed Kathy." Harry

We look forward to hearing about any stories you share at home with your family. Happy storytelling week!