Creative Teaching & Learning

The year-long storytelling curriculum

Sue Lyle delves into an innovative teaching practice in which pupils develop their own creative story over the course of a school year. The year-long storytelling curriculum is easy to plan and can be taught in a way that meets learning objectives from the Early Years curriculum.

Sara Stanley is in inspired infant practitioner and I invited her to Swansea to work with teachers in four different schools for one day each. She worked alongside teachers in the Foundation Phase (age 3-7 in Wales) to introduce them to philosophical play in the classroom. One of the teachers, Lucy Martin in Glynncollen Primary School, decided to take on the challenge of introducing a year-long storytelling curriculum into her classroom. Mid-way through the year I visited her for a morning and documented some of what was happening through video, photographs and field notes. Later in this article I reflect on what I saw, but before we join Lucy in her nursery classroom I report on an interview I carried out with Sara who explained what the year-long story curriculum looks like.

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