Prior's Court has been filled with the magic of storytelling this week as the school took part in The Society for Storytelling's 17th annual National Storytelling Week.

During the week students took part in literacy sessions filled with imaginary, magical, sensory delight as they had the opportunity to listen and engage with sensory stories in different classrooms. Stories included favourites such as “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen, “Winnie the Witch” by Valerie Thomas, “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson and “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling.

The week’s activities concluded with dress up day, where staff and students got to have fun dressing up as some of their favourite literary characters, as well as a visit from Bag Books.

Bag Books are a charitable organisation providing multi-sensory books and storytelling for people with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities. Stories are told through voice and emotion rather than words and pictures. There were lots of props and sensory items for our young people to explore.

For example, in the first story about Yolandes Swim, there was a net to stroke, a snorkel mask to look through and flippers to clap. The second story about a boy called Kofi and the magic shaker saw students exploring Africa, discovering giant spiders, playing instruments, finding coconuts to touch and smell plus listening to singing birds and humming crickets. The final story about the Funfair encouraged students to touch candy floss, hook a duck and drive the dodgem cars.

You can find out more about National Storytelling Week from The Society for Storytelling, the charity Bag Books and take a look at more photos from the week on our Facebook page.