School Enrichment Programmes – The natural musicians and natural storytellers

The Natural Storytellers and Natural Musicians Enrichment programmes have so far taken the form of five to ten week programmes designed to help students develop their writing skills and musical abilities.

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The slideshow shows some of the activities and the smiling faces as we played to learn, learnt through play. Based in the 1/3 acre woodland beside the school three groups of 12 children came out, whatever the weather.

In relation to the natural storytellers my aim was for the children to learn through the whole body learning by engaging with activities and role play, and then to reflecting on the experiences. We enacted stories, made clay characters, became reporters and explorers, and pretended to be in action movies. We finished off the sessions with some stories around a fire – and after all, isn’t the greatest gift you can give your listening? We will have to wait and see whether their writing improves! However, this is the video from the last enrichment programme at the school.

The natural musicians sessions were with KS1 children. These sessions were very much about play in the woods with drip fed mini activities to inspire the play. We went and found word sounds, sticks to bang tree stumps with, learnt hand clapping and body percussion rhythms and how to use found natural objects to write musical scores. It was great fun and we finished off with some music and stories around a fire.

Watch this space because there will be some natural mathematicians and natural scientists programmes coming soon!