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Storytelling engages the four core creativity skills identified in Education Scotland’s Impact Report on creative learning which apply across the Curriculum for Excellence.
The magic of stories and storytelling have the power to bring the curriculum to life, enabling vivid and embodied learning and understanding across the eight subject areas. Stories and storytelling are a great way to explore themes and projects that meet cross-curricular experiences and outcomes.
Storytelling is well known for its success in developing a love of language and vocabulary, contributing to the development of literacy across learning. In schools where improving basic literacy levels is a priority, storytelling can be used to quickly raise standards while developing skills, knowledge and confidence in a range of other areas. Storytelling can be the hook which engages learners, influencing their attainment and achievement.
Listening to stories provides a springboard for active learning, play and creativity. Children can ‘play’ with stories using
different media, including creative writing, drama, music, movement, dance, visual art, craft activities, animation and ICT.
Creating and telling stories encourage a child’s confidence in self-expression. It teaches awareness of how to contribute appropriately and to value other people’s contributions. It can help develop emotional literacy and respect, as pupils gain confidence by telling their own story in front of their peers.
In classrooms with children from diverse backgrounds, stories can be told that reflect the children’s own cultures or identities. Storytelling can be used to explore sensitive topics, such as bullying. Storytelling is particularly helpful to support children during times of transition.
Children can benefit from developing their storytelling skills throughout their education. Regularly engaging with storytelling and story-making activities in the classroom creates a culture of communication, confidence, collaboration, understanding and respect.
Storytelling is a wonderful and much-needed way to make schools more engaging and effective, especially in areas
of social deprivation.
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