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Young pupils from a primary school in Newbury enjoyed seeing some of their favourite fables come to life.

A group of year 1 and year 2 pupils from Fir Tree School in Newbury had a special visit from a professional storyteller for National Storytelling Week.

National Storytelling Week, which takes place from January 30 to February 5, is an opportunity to promote and encourage storytelling in classrooms, engaging children in tales and the world of books.

Merry-go-Round storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith with Key Stage 1 pupils at Fir Tree School. Picture by: David Wilson Homes
Merry-go-Round storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith with Key Stage 1 pupils at Fir Tree School. Picture by: David Wilson Homes

The children had the opportunity to enjoy interactive readings of Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Meadow in the Middle, in an event organised by homebuilder David Wilson Homes.

They spent the morning with storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith, but rather than sitting and listening, the pupils enjoyed a “tailored experience” of interactive storytelling.

Merry-go-Round storyteller Ms Kane-Smith called the children “brilliant”, “engaged” and “full of laughter and smiles”.

The pupils enjoying an interactive Little Red Riding Hood experience. Picture by: David Wilson Homes
The pupils enjoying an interactive Little Red Riding Hood experience. Picture by: David Wilson Homes

She said: “It was a joy to work with Fir Tree School to celebrate National Storytelling Week.

“Oral storytelling is a wonderful way to ignite children’s imaginations and to encourage a love of reading and stories.

“I always love how storytelling can take us away from the real world and into a place where magic can happen and these days, that’s more important than ever.”

She added: “Thank you to David Wilson Homes for organising the event and to Fir Tree School for having me!”

Merry-go-Round storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith. Picture by David Wilson Homes
Merry-go-Round storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith. Picture by David Wilson Homes

The children also had the chance to understand and appreciate how oral storytelling has allowed stories to “survive and evolve” over many years and across continents.

Associate headteacher at Fir Tree School, Lindsay Wood, said: “Key Stage 1 children were enthralled by their session with Amanda.

“They enjoyed every moment of her wonderful storytelling in which she brought the stories of Red Riding Hood and more to life in a lively and engaging way.”

Year 1 and year 2 pupils enjoying their storytime. Picture by: David Wilson Homes
Year 1 and year 2 pupils enjoying their storytime. Picture by: David Wilson Homes

She also thanked David Wilson Homes for providing the school with a “wonderful experience”.

Managing director at David Wilson Homes Southern, Campbell Gregg, said: “It was a real pleasure to be able to invite pupils from Fir Tree School to experience a morning of classic storytelling.

“Events such as these give us the opportunity to make a difference in the communities in which we build, and provide local children with opportunities to enhance key skills such as reading, writing, listening and creativity.”



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