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Infants Named UK's Best Young Storytellers

Thursday, 03 March 2011

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children at Beech House, the Infant Department of Bolton School, have been named the UK's most talented young storytellers in a competition launched to celebrate National Storytelling Week (29 January - 5 February).  The competition was run by Playforce and involved pupils imaginatively narrating the tale of Three Billy Goats Gruff in an outdoor setting, using musical instruments.  Schools captured the performances by taking photos and recording short video clips, which were judged by Playforce's team of experts.  

As first position winners, talented Beech House pupils were able to select the prize for their school grounds, opting for a Playforce Storyteller Chair.  It will be installed in the playground and will help encourage outdoor learning whilst maximising the potential of the school grounds to deliver a highly creative curriculum.   

A delighted Miss Kylie Bevon, Head of EYFS at Bolton School, said: "We are really pleased to win this prize!  It is important to encourage young children to develop good reading and writing skills and to introduce them to the joy of storytelling.  At Beech House, we aim to provide a strong foundation for children, upon which they can grow and develop their interests as they progress through the years at Bolton School.  The award is particularly pleasing as it comes on the back of an outstanding EYFS report that we received just last year.  The prize will allow us to further enhance our curriculum outdoors offer and will fit nicely in the grounds of our recently opened beautiful new school." 

Playforce Managing Director, Dr Colin MacAdam says: "We wanted to combine our extensive experience of working with early years setting and primary schools to mark this notable week and inspire story-telling creativity. The competition has proven hugely successful, with entries revealing the talent possessed by children across the UK. Judging was a challenge with a plethora of remarkable entries - Beech House pupils confidently delivered this well known story, but with a personalised touch which demonstrated a true passion for learning beyond the classroom."

After being launched by the Society of Storytelling (www.sfs.org.uk) in 2000, National Storytelling Week is held annually in the first week of February. Its aim is to increase public awareness of the art, practice and value of oral storytelling.

 

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Three Billy Goats Gruff

Pupils relate the tale of Three Billy Goats Gruff

Their entry scooped the national award

Beech House will have a storytelling chair installed in its playground