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The 13th Annual National Storytelling Week begins tomorrow!

The 13th Annual National Storytelling Week begins tomorrow! If you’re looking for ideas there are lots of useful links and resources on the Society for Storytelling website: In addition to these, if you are a UKLA member, there are a number of free resources which you may find useful when planning your week. Read on to find out more....

 Helen Bromley’s three-part series about how storyboxes can help develop children’s storytelling is an excellent resource. First published in 1999, Helen Bromley’s work on storyboxes has been widely influential and is still fresh today.  In the first of three articles Helen Bromley describes how storyboxes can be used to support children as storytellers from the Nursery to Year 6. Members can download it here: In the second of Helen Bromley’s articles she looks at how storyboxes can be used in Key Stage 1:  The third part of the series explores the ways in which play can develop the storytelling skills of KS2 children and highlights some cross curricular links that can be made:

You may also find this article by Marilyn Mottram of interest:  In this she describes how an exciting storytelling project aimed to involve families and communities in the National Year of Reading.  

Another paper entitled ‘Storytelling: the missing link in story writing’ can be found  here:  This paper originally appeared as a chapter in the UKLA book Connecting, Creating: New ideas in teaching writing edited by Susan Ellis and Colin Mills and published in 2002. The book is now out of print but some of the chapters have been revised and updated as part of a series of downloadable papers for UKLA members.

In addition, if you’re looking for a book to read that will give you inspiration, Story Telling across the Primary Curriculum by Alastair K Daniel is full of practical ideas. It provides a wealth of examples of cross-curricular teaching opportunities, including a section on the ways in which the teaching of phonics can be embedded in the ‘real’ language of story. It’s available in the UKLA book shop here:

We hope you find some of these resources useful and we’d love to hear about your experiences of storytelling.... Have fun next week!


Children’s Poetry Archive project

I have been involved with a really exciting research and development project with UKLA and the Children's Poetry Archive ( this year. The aim of the project was to develop ways of enriching and enlivening children’s and teachers’ experience of poetry and poets. Three leading teachers working in classrooms across the primary age range have planned and taught units of work based around poetry and poets on the Archive. The results, soon to be posted on the  Archive, demonstrate what a rich resource it is for stimulating children’s interest in poetry. We will be presenting a paper at the International Conference in July and I’m hoping to write an article for UKLA soon…

Finland - How do they do it?


I am  off to Finland next month following a successful UCET travel scholarship application! Thanks to UKLA colleagues, I made contact with three Finnish colleagues linked to the University Of Tampere Teacher Training School in Hameenlina who kindly agreed to host a visit . The focus of my study is to what extent key societal aims and values impact on teacher training models and what if anything we can learn as a result.  I will be in Hameenlina for 10 days talking to a range of teacher trainers , teachers and hopefully visiting some schools as well . When I get back I will be publishing my findings and presenting at the November UCET conference! That's the plan anyway ! I will keep you posted once ofsted have visited ! Good luck with the website - it looks great .

Learning Today/Digital Worlds SIG

I am a member of the UKLA ‘Digital Worlds/Learning Today’ special interest group. We are interested in the way digital technologies can be, and are being, used in classroom settings in innovative and exciting ways. Many of us are undertaking research in this area and have begun to network and explore our ideas and findings online. We have planned our first official but informal meeting for July, at the UKLA international conference in Winchester. We are very keen for people to join us there and online in the meantime. I am currently writing up my PhD research which explores how the Alternate Reality Gaming projects, that I ran with my Year 6 classes, shaped our understanding of the media used during game-play. Being part of the ‘Digital Worlds’ special interest group has been invaluable as I’ve had the opportunity to test out and discuss ideas with others and shape my own understanding in the process. In addition, I’ve learnt so much about the fascinating research being undertaken by others in the group. If you’re doing research in this area already, or would like to in the future, please get in touch and drop a line to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We hope to hear from some of you soon.

UKLA Research

UKLA supports and encourages research in all areas of literacy education. We work with a wide range of professionals to celebrate and promote good practice in literacy learning at all stages of education. We would encourage you to share your own research projects with other members of the community, here on the members’ blog. Whatever the stage or size of your research project, we’d love to hear about it.

(If you publish a research-related blog entry please tag it with ‘research’ )

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