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‘Whisked Away’- The Canterbury Tales celebrates Share-a-Story Month

Written by: Elmtree Press

The Canterbury Tales are launching a scheme to celebrate ‘Share a Story Month’ with local primary schools.

The scheme is called Whisked Away, and the aim is to encourage children to engage in literature in an active way, fuelling their imaginations, creating their own stories and having the confidence to tell these stories in a performative way.

The challenge: Collaboratively write a story and then tell it together in the most exciting way you can!

Organiser Vicki Lyden, says ‘As an attraction based on the appreciation of literature and performative storytelling, we love any initiative that encourages these creative outlets. We realise the importance of confidence in reading and story-telling in children, and how transferable these skills are to all walks of life. We are proud supporters of both the Kent Literacy Award and Buster’s Book club, both incredible enterprises which encourage local children, and their families, to engage in literature creatively and for fun. We did not want to miss this opportunity to do something ourselves- to make a difference and engage local schools in a fun, story-telling experience!’

Packs are provided to help engage students and develop the key skills needed for this challenge. Schools can enter as many classes or groups as they like. At the end of the project, one class will be awarded ‘Most Imaginative Story’, winning a free day out to the Canterbury Tales attraction and an extra special certificate.

It does not cost anything to be involved- you just need to be a primary school in the CT1 or CT2 area and be able to put aside some class time or run an after school club for those students who want to be involved.

For more information, please contact Vicki Lyden on vlyden@canterburytales.org.uk

To find out more about The Canterbury Tales visit their main page here


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