Hazel, willow, beef and storytelling from Bedfordshire

Education projects

Some of Jane’s recent education work…
 
Project: Science Week

Venue: The school grounds

Date: March 2017

Client: Lark Rise Academy

Jane of Wassledine in full flow - telling a story for 300 pupils

Telling a story for 300 pupils

Description: To start the school’s Science Week, focusing on the school grounds, Jane gave a garden themed storytelling performance to the whole school assembly. Nursery children enjoyed further story sessions with Jane in the school grounds. Reception classes had fun retelling “The king of the woods” by making story maps from natural materials.

Thank you – the children loved your storytelling. Head Teacher 

 

 


Project: World Book Day

Venue: the school grounds

Date: March 2017

Client: Gravenhurst Academy

"As I got closer and closer I saw a light in the tree and I saw a golden goose in the tree!"

“As I got closer and closer I saw a light in the tree and I saw a golden goose in the tree

Description: Gravenhurst children celebrated World Book Day with Jane. The day was filled with storytelling in the woods and book making. The day started with a storytelling assembly with the whole school. Reception children met some animal puppets, solved riddles and joined in with some interactive stories. Willow class made some wonderful natural theatres to retell Little Red Riding Hood and Oak class headed into the woods to find some fabulous fibs.

Retelling the story

Retelling the story

All classes came back together at the end of the school day to share the stories of their day.

A final bow

A final bow

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Thank you for sharing such a lovely day with us.” School business manager

“I just wanted to say another thank you for the other day. The children really enjoyed it and were inspired to produce some lovely stories.” Key Stage 2 teacher


 

Project: Outdoor Storytelling Workshops & Staff training

Venue: The school grounds, Icknield Walk First School, Royston, Herts

Date: October & November 2016

Client: Icknield Walk First School

Jane in full flow at Icknield Walk

Jane in full flow at Icknield Walk

Description: Over two and a half days Jane worked with all year groups, from the Nursery children to Year 4 classes, delivering outdoor story adventures and workshops. Nursery children followed a colourful trail to discover stories in the woods. Reception classes enjoyed woodland tales and helped collect a feast for woodland animals. Years 1 and 2 collected natural materials with which to create story maps and theatres, used to retell “The Tale of the Turnip” and “Peter and the Wolf”. Year 3 created wonderful time travel fabulous fibs. In “Jack’s Pack” workshops, Year 4 classes investigated their school grounds and collected ingredients for creating alternative Jack and the beanstalk stories.

The wolf visits the zoo - Year 2

The wolf visits the zoo – Year 2

You know the story of Jack and the beanstalk, right? Well there’s more to it than you think.

When Jack was at the top of the beanstalk he saw a giant castle, and guarding the castle was a giant grasshopper. He was poisonous with sharp spikey legs, fierce green eyes, and a pointy nose.

He couldn’t believe his eyes, a pine cone that can fly and talk!

Jack went back to the beanstalk with a beautiful flower with magical seeds inside.

Mouse and hedgehog enjoy a woodland feast - Reception

Mouse and hedgehog enjoy a woodland feast – Reception

“I know, why don’t we get back Daisy the cow!” said Jack. The next day they had Daisy back. They lived happily ever after!                   

Extracts from Year 4 Falcon class stories.

 

Jane’s time with Icknield Walk First school finished with a storytelling training session for all the teaching staff.

“I have spoken to a few teachers this morning and they all said how successful the sessions were and how much the children enjoyed it too”. Head teacher


 

Project: Storytelling performance and workshops

Venue: Drama Studio

Date: September 2016

Client: Sharnbrook Upper School

theatre350Description: Jane visited the school to help the Performing Arts sixth form students with their unit on storytelling. In a workshop, students experienced three different types of story style suitable for different age ranges and were given tips on how to remember and tell a story.

 

 

 

 


 

Project: Outdoor storytelling workshops
Year 1 pupils at the natural theatre of the school grounds

Year 1 pupils at the natural theatre in their school grounds

Venue:  The school grounds, Sacred Heart Primary School, Luton

Client:  Sacred Heart Primary School
Date: May 2015 & April 2016

Description: For a second year Jane has been working with the school to look at ways of using their school grounds for developing imaginative and descriptive writing.

Foundation Stage took stories outside following a trail leading to traditional tales. Year 1 classes made natural theatres to retell a woodland story and Year 2 pupils found natural treasures to create ‘fabulous fibs’.

“I have had some super feedback from the teachers about how creative the sessions were. Thank you very much” Deputy Head teacher


Project: National Storytelling Week
Jane Lambourne on stage at the Welland Park Academy

On stage at the Welland Park Academy

Venue: Welland Park Academy, Market Harborough

Date: February 2016

Client: Barratt Homes

An event sponsored by Barratt Homes. Jane spent a day at Welland Park Academy telling stories to Year 7 and 8 pupils to celebrate National Storytelling Week. Jane told some of her favourite stories featuring giants, princes, wolves, fools, fishermen and brave heroines.


Project: Into the woods

Venue: The Hurtwood, Surrey

Client: Reigate St Mary’s School
Date: June 2014 and 2015

Creating a story from treasure found in a wood

Creating a story in the woods

As part of a literacy project on traditional tales, the school invited Jane to join the Year 4s on an outing to the woods. The objectives of the visit were for the children to gain first hand experience of oral storytelling in a woodland setting and to use this as a stimulus and inspiration to write their own stories.
In the morning the group went on a storytelling walk meeting Jack, a donkey, three storytellers and a wolf. In the afternoon Jane helped over 40 children with their teachers and parents to disappear into the trees; to find special places, bring back treasure and create fabulous fibs.

Sharing treasure

Sharing fabulous fibs

“Jane’s wonderful storytelling transformed the woods into a magical place.  Our classes produced wonderfully descriptive stories while having a huge amount of fun!” Head of English

“Jane is very unique. I have never met someone who can catch a story by listening to the sounds of the wood.  I really enjoyed that trip it has showed me what you can do to the woods and what the woods can do to you” Year 4 pupil

 

 


Project: World Book Day
Jane's box of treasures

Jane’s box of treasures

Venue: School hall
Client: Shillington Lower School
Date: March 2014
Description: Jane held workshops with all year groups to help children tell or create their own tales. Reception and Year 1 retold traditional stories, Year 2 created fabulous fibs from Jane’s treasure box and Years 3 & 4 made up “Jack’s packs” of story ideas linked to the themes of World War II and Imaginary Planets.

“Thank you again for a lovely day, feedback from all year groups was good. We spent 2 days in Year 2 following up with fabulous fibs in class and they loved it. It is fabulous that some of my children with SEN also participated fully.” Head of Literacy

For more examples of Jane’s storytelling work in schools click here

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