Thornton girls abandon the library for storytelling in the school’s hidden corners.
National Share-A-Story Month is an annual celebration of storytelling and story sharing. This year, it falls in May with The Federation of Children’s Book Groups theming the event around ‘A Place for Stories’ to encourage schools and communities to promote the wonder of reading in places a little less ordinary.
Here at Thornton, we wholeheartedly support the initiative and Mrs Barnes has done herself proud this week in sourcing unusual places in which to read to the Pre-Prep and Prep School children.
Abandoning their usual library setting, Year 4 girls took a seat besides the river where, beneath the dappled shade of the woodland trees, they read The Rainforest Express together. Year 5s took a pew in our on-site church, which is a member of the Historic Churches Trust, to hear a Philip Pullman tale and Year 6s settled themselves on an outside staircase.
Elsewhere, Year 1s were delighted to shuffle beneath the large table in the Conference Room to listen to Mrs Holliday recount one of her favourite-ever children’s tales, Isobel’s Noisy Tummy. Year 3s were just as thrilled to creep upstairs and visit a part of the school new to them as they settled themselves on beds in the boarding wing while Mrs Cowper read Ten in a Bed by Allan Ahlberg.
Also this week, Year 2s clamoured on board the school trailer to listen to the story of Frank the Farmer (neatly tying in with the girls’ Food Glorious Food topic). And it’s little wonder that Reception girls could hardly contain their excitement as they huddled in the school mini bus and tightened their seatbelts to listen to Mr Bluck read, quite appropriately given the setting, Please Don’t Chat to the Bus Driver.
It’s been a wonderful week of story sharing, and one that we are looking forward to repeating again soon.