crafty tales classes for schools and nurseries
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For Early Year/Foundation Stage, KS1 & KS2

including children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Classes contain :-

. Storytelling (of Interactive, Diverse, Cultural world stories usually containing songs and actions) 

. Class Discussion exploring the characters, plot, and message of the story

. Visually presented craft demonstration of mask making, props or models

. Encouragement to retell the story or create their own story using the artwork created


Classes come in the form of :-

. Visits to your school or nursery (various packages) 

. Access to Pre-recorded video classes for each year group   

. Live online classes  


These 'Crafty Tales' classes cover

. Cross-curricular topics or IPC units

. Special events i.e Black History Month, World Book Day

. Special projects


Classes support :-

. Literacy

. Art

. Music

. Drama


Increase confidence in:-

. Verbal, Social, Communication and Fine motor skills

. Creative expression.



. Access to pdfs of suggested materials and equipment. 

. Supporting staff with planning – developing creative teaching resources /     schemes of work 

. Larger scale collaborative projects – resulting in new artworks for school  display / performances

. Special projects

. Topic-based activity



DBS checked, Family 1st aid certified, safeguarding children level 1    

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‘ For our World Book Week Debbie delivered her ‘Crafty Tales’ sessions to our primary school. As this took place during lockdown, Debbie was skilfully able to adapt her sessions to pre-recorded videos of traditional tales from other cultures followed by a crafting activity.


Her Flexibility meant that she produced 4 different sessions for us aimed at different age groups from EYFS all the way up toYr 6, inclusive of SEND children.

The pre-recorded videos meant that all the children were able to access the sessions from home,

or school, and were able to watch them again and again.


Debbie's delivery and performance of the stories was engaging and caught the children's attention and imagination from every age group. The follow up craft activities are a fantastic follow up in involving the children in the story and meant that they had something to show and be proud of afterwards.

The diverse and cultural nature of Debbie's stories enhanced the children's learning and taught them tales they might not otherwise be exposed to.

We loved Debbie's outfit that she wore too!

Although these sessions worked really well as pre-recorded videos, we are looking forward to welcoming Debbie in to our school in person for next year's World Book Week, and would 100% recommend her to other primary schools too.'

Shura Concas Bhatia

English Lead (Hawes Down Primary School


The preferred outcome may be a performance or opportunity to showcase the children's work,  we believe this to be a good qualitative measure of a child’s progress, and can increase a feeling of pride in their work. We also believe the process, in itself, can be just as valuable as the outcome.

Impact of classes:-

. Progression of pupils’ skills throughout the term / year

. Inspired staff with the skills, confidence and resources 

. Visible and vibrant creative school culture

. Creative approaches embedded into schemes of work and teachers practice

. Enhanced school environment


The recognised values of these classes are that they allow the children to:-


.  Become immersed in the stories and songs, which

increases their willingness to participate, and in turn their

confidence grows.


.  Increase their knowledge of various cultures and social

issues through world stories.


.  Find the stories and songs so memorable that it makes the

re-telling and repeating much easier

.  See that music helps the body and the mind work together


.  Understand a narrative, igniting a passion for creating their     

own  stories and songs.


.  Create artwork, which enhances their focus and unlocks

their creativity as well as improve motor skills


.  Embrace the creative, all inclusive atmosphere to gain a

sense of unity, freedom, self acceptance and self expression. 




These sessions cover many of the cross curricular requirements within literacy, music drama and art, and in addition:

.   The children's development is enhanced in the areas of

intellectual, social-emotional, fine and gross motor and language skills.


.  Support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities




'Crafty Tales' classes always leave the teachers with a wealth of opportunity to use the stories, songs, music and artwork in future lessons or for performances and displays.



It's not important to have all these material, only the ones marked in 

red are particularly helpful 

 Paper, light card, cereal packets, recycled card, recycled paper (magazines, newspaper etc) paper plates, coloured tissue paper,

pipe cleaners, twigs, sticks, bbq skewers, paper straws,   

wool, string, cotton

kitchen paper, paper tissues, cotton wool fabric scraps, fake fur scraps

any stickers, gems, feathers


Pens, crayonscoloured pencils, paints(paint pens are great) 

scissors (age appropriate)

cellotapeglue, masking tape