March 30, 2018

Dragons, Heroes and Storytelling!

Beowulf searching for Grendel at Minehead Middle School

I'd been invited by Charlotte, Head of English to do some storytelling for Year Groups 5 and 6 and while blizzards ravaged parts of the southwest, Minehead Middle School was celebrating World Book Day in style. Not only were the staff and Year 6 dressed up in characters from the epic story, Beowulf but the children in Year 5 were disguised as some of their favourite book characters including several Harry Potters!

All in all it was wonderful to share some of my favourite stories including the Native American legend, 'Duck Egg and the Fox' as well as the African folktale, 'The Bird who Brought the Sunshine.' Both year groups were amazing; participating enthusiastically to create sound effects whilst being as quiet as mice in all the right parts.

Here are some comments from Year 6 about their experience:

"It was great you could just close your eyes and imagine everything. It made me feel really relaxed’ - Daria‘
I enjoyed how we could get involved and the use of instruments.’ - Holly'
I found it amazing that she could give so much detail without reading anything.’ - Richie
'I really liked the character ‘Duck Egg’ in the first story. He was amusing.’ - Olivia

Thank you Minehead Middle School for a wonderful morning!