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Telling tales is highlight of school timetable

Storytelling week at Corpus Christ Catholic High School: (l-r) Naomi Lauchlan, Kai Fowler, Iga Chlodek and Joe Dowling with storyteller, Alec Williams

Storytelling week at Corpus Christ Catholic High School: (l-r) Naomi Lauchlan, Kai Fowler, Iga Chlodek and Joe Dowling with storyteller, Alec Williams

Having a picnic lunch with a professional storyteller made a change from the usual English lesson for pupils at a city school.

A variety of activities and workshops revolving around the art of storytelling took place at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in Fulwood within English and drama lessons.

Workshops were held in the library during lunchtime, including lunch with a different staff storyteller each day, a 50 word story competition and a Storyteller’s Trail quiz.

The art of stories have been central to lessons in English and drama with workshops being held in the library.

Professional storyteller, Alec Williams, visited school and spent a day running sessions with Year 7 pupils.

Alec, who has spent 15 years as a storyteller and has travelled far and wide in his profession, shared his broad knowledge of children’s books with the groups of pupils who were entertained by his tales and stories.

English teacher, Miss Williams co-ordinated the week of activities and said: “Celebrating national events like Storytelling Week really enriches pupils’ experiences within secondary school. It also promotes enjoyment of stories, and in turn, reading, which is one of our key aims as a school.

“Reading for enjoyment is a really important emphasis we have for our pupils, and I hope our activities this week have helped reinforce this message. Also, the Year 7 pupils were extremely enthusiastic and engaged.”

 

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