Children as storytellers

Suitable for years 1 – 4

Children as Storytellers sees the Globe support primary school teachers to incorporate drama techniques into their classroom practice. Teachers take part in professional development led by Globe Education Practitioners, who then work alongside teachers in their classrooms, using dramatic storytelling techniques to teach two Shakespeare plays.

For younger children, stories told or heard can help them understand the world in which they live and allow them to transmit that understanding to others. Talk is a rehearsal for writing, and first-hand situations, experienced through drama and role-play approaches, provide young children with the ideas and language they need for writing. Using Shakespeare’s stories and the Globe Theatre as a stimulus to enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural development and understanding of the world, Children as Storytellers will develop pupils’ responses to and understanding of stories and their ability to share that knowledge. It will also develop pupils’ core speaking, listening, communication, language, drama and expressive arts skills through active participation, play and performance.

Information for your visit

All workshops can be tailored to cater for a range of Special Educational Needs and requirements. Detailed information can be found in our FAQs.

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 +44 (0)207 902 1433

Location and costs

The CPD can be run at the Globe or in the school. The rest of the project takes place within your school.

Due to the bespoke nature of the project (how many teachers – and therefore classes – you would want to participate), please contact us to discuss your requirements and we can provide a quotation for you based around these.

Key activities

Module I (see below for play options) delivery Module II (see below for play options) delivery To support delivery of the above we also provide
  • Storytelling performance(s) on Module I play
  • Full day of CPD on Module I play for each participating teacher
  • Parent and Governor Storytelling workshop(s) to introduce techniques
  • Five 60 minute workshops per class with a Globe Education Practitioner
  • Mentoring and team-teaching on Storytelling approaches for the participating teachers
  • Option of Storytelling on Module II play
  • Full day of CPD on Module II play for each participating teacher
  • Five teacher-led workshops
  • Five teacher-led literacy sessions in between workshops
  • Coaching visit from a Globe Learning Consultant to provide feedback
  • Support to run an in-school session to disseminate learning to all teaching staff
  • Teaching resources including modules with session plans and activities
  • Storytelling sacks for practical work on each story

Available texts

We have several play options for each year group. These have been chosen as they reflect themes that are pertinent to the age-group, and provide opportunities for relevant cross-curricular links:

  • Year 1: The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, A Misdummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Henry V,
  • Year 2: The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, A Misdummer Night’s Dream
  • Year 3: Julius Caesar, A Misdummer Night’s Dream
  • Year 4: Julius Caesar, A Misdummer Night’s Dream

If you would like to focus on a play that isn’t listed here, then please get in touch to discuss options.

Curriculum links

For pupils, the project will develop For teachers, the project will encourage
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Social skills and collaboration
  • Emotional intelligence amd self-management of behaviour
  • Use of imagination
  • Literacy and language development
  • Oracy skills
  • Understanding of narrative
  • Confidence in using drama and role play to support teaching
  • Techniques for making Shakespeare accessible to young children
  • Team teaching skills alongside the Globe Education Practitioners
  • Opportunities for cross-curricular work using these new techniques

Dates and times

The project is designed to run over two half terms, with two modules each taking 5 weeks to deliver. However, we can be flexible with the schedule to suit your school’s particular needs. We will arrange the individual in-school sessions based around your school’s timetable, subject to availability.