Everyone has a story, what’s yours?
Our winter holiday courses for students aged 5-12 are based on the theme of storytelling. In all our courses, children will create either a physical interactive storybook and animation, or a digital e-story and link to their animation that they will take home at the end of the course.
Students will learn about the key elements of storytelling through exposure to fun age-appropriate stories. Your child will receive lots of reading and listening practise whilst also honing their budding creative writing skills as they create their own stories.
Primary Prep Courses (students aged 5–6) – Storytelling
Join the exciting course for Primary Prep (5-6) year old students as they take their first steps in storytelling. We will support your child in developing their own ideas as they learn about key story elements. Learners will then choose and create their own settings with fun characters and a simple plot. Your child will practise retelling skills so that they can share their tales when parents are invited to join their class on the last day.
Our Young Learner English Language teachers are experts in helping your learners express themselves using simple English. Your child will be guided as they start to make basic stories after listening to exciting tales through group reading and play. Students will explore the world of creativity as they retell their stories and improve their confidence whilst using English to tell each other their simple stories.
Foundation Courses (students aged 6–8) – Storytelling
Join the exciting course for Foundation learners (6-8) as they start to create their own stories. Our Young Learner English teachers are experts in helping young learners build letters into words, words into sentences and sentences into stories!
During this course, your child will read an engaging storybook and explore and analyse the main ideas. Based on what they explore, they will begin to build up their own ideas, and receive support to create simple sentences combining elements such as setting and characters to develop their own story. They will practise retelling skills so that they can share their tales when parents are invited to join their class on the last day.
Young Kids and Kids Courses (students aged 6–12) – Storytelling
Join our exciting Young Kids (6-8) or Kids (9-12) courses where we combine the joys of reading and creative writing with the use of age-appropriate technology. Our young learner English teaching experts will guide your child to understand key story elements and create their own stories in class.
On this course, your child will practise a variety of English skills in a truly authentic way, by telling and listening to stories. Children are incredibly motivated by stories. Storytelling encourages extensive reading, improves language skills including grammar and vocabulary and gives students a clear model to start them thinking and writing creatively. Students will work on their own and in small groups to start expressing their own ideas through the creation of characters, designing settings, and developing plots.
In the first week of the course, students will create their own electronic story and take home a pdf version. In the second week, your child will produce a digital animation and receive a link. Your child will practise retelling skills so that they can share their tales when parents are invited to join their class on the last day.
The Benefits of Storytelling
- Telling stories instils a love of language in children and motivates them to read.
- Storytelling improves listening and reading skills.
- Storytelling encourages creative writing.
- Storytelling stimulates inventive thinking and imagination!
- Telling stories improves language skills such as vocabulary-building, story recall, and reading aloud with expression.
- Retelling a story, rather than memorizing it, ensures a much deeper understanding of the main ideas, plot, and character traits.
- Storytelling is fun! When students create their own stories, they have a lot of motivation to use English to express their own ideas.