What is it all about?
National Storytelling Week takes place from January 30 to February 6 and is a time to increase public awareness of the art, practice and value of oral storytelling, among people of all beliefs and cultures.
There are a number of events natiowide that celebrate this week. It provides teachers with an opportunity to inspire a love of storytelling in their pupils.
There are many things you can do with pupils of all ages to celebrate this special time. Ask pupils to vote on a particular author or genre of story that you could then base your storytelling week around. One of the days could incorporate a dress-up event for younger pupils where everyone comes to school in a costume representative of a character or time period. You could also hold storytelling sessions throughout the day.
For older pupils you could use this week as a creative writing project where pupils write their own stories and relate them to the class.
Help, I have got no time to prepare
There are plenty of useful resources available on The TES website that you can use for inspiration for National Storytelling Week. Find them at www.tes.co.uknational-storytelling-week
Where do I get more information?
The Society for Storytelling has lots of useful information about this event which can help you prepare. Visit www.sfs.org.uknational_storytelling_week.