Crafty-Tales classes offer interactive world folktales and cultural stories, songs, craft demonstration, and encouragement to re-tell or create stories.

Debi chooses stories to suit any age from EY/FS to KS 1 & KS2

Her interactive storytelling style has children completely captivated and willing to participate with words actions and songs, igniting their imagination she encourages creativity with craft techniques.

These classes support 

  • Language Development

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • Verbal, Communication and Fine motor skills

  • Creative expression

 While supporting teachers to cover curricular requirement.

Testimonials
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​“Debi’s story telling is mesmerising. Our children were completely transfixed by her presence, voice and songs. They listened with anticipation and had a lot of fun joining in when invited. It was very refreshing to experience stories this way. After the story of Anansi, the children enjoyed making their own character props for the their own story telling. All in all, it was a such an engaging and inspiring experience learning experience for the children and staff.

CLASS OPTIONS
 

FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS & NURSERIES  EY/FS KS1 KS2 

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OPTION 1 -

School's Access to recorded video of Crafty-Tales Classes

. Debi starts by sharing a story

. Presents craft demonstration of mask making, props or model of a   character from the story

. Encouragement to retell the story or create an original story using the

  made character in preparation for a display or extended class work

OPTION 2 -

A visit from Debi to your school for one day/half day of

Crafty-Tales Classes

. Debi tells a number of world stories encouraging class participation

. Presents craft demonstration of mask making, props or model of a   character from one of the stories.

. Encouragement to retell the story or create an original story 

 using the made character in preparation for a display or extended class   work 

OPTION 3 -

A Visit from Debi to your Nursery for an age appropriate 

Crafty-Tales Class

. Debi tells the children a world story and song. 

. Presents age appropriate craft demonstration using very simple   materials making masks props or models of a character from one of the   stories.

. Encouragement to retell the story or create an original story 

 using the made characters as inspiration. 

OPTION 4 -

Access to recorded Crafty-Tales Storytelling and Craft Classes

aimed at Nurseries EY/FS

OPTION 5 

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A visit from Debi to share her unique world Storytelling classes at  Primary Schools and Nurseries 

. Debi shares age appropriate stories and songs specialising in African and    Afro-Caribbean stories, the majority of which contain songs and actions

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

. Encouragement to retell the story and song or create their own stories.

"Debi's presence is eagerly anticipated by the children and staff who are spellbound by her magical tales. She uses repetition in her stories allowing all the children to engage and participate. As they have grown in confidence they've become more interested in telling their own stories, which we feel has definitely impacted on their written as well as verbal skills". Ms Waterman

Information for Teachers

 
 
 

All Classes cover:-

. Cross-curricular topics or IPC units

. Cover Special events 

. Special projects

 

 

Classes can support :-

. Literacy

. Art

. Music

. Drama

All Classes contain Resources:-

. Access to pdfs of suggested materials and equipment. 

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

. Special projects

. Topic-based activity

.  Support to use the stories, songs, music and artwork in future lessons or for performances and displays.

 

All Classes Increase confidence in

  • Communication

  • Language Development

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social & Emotional

  • Expressive Arts

  • Verbal, Communication and Fine motor skills

  • Creative expression

Impact of the class:-

. Progression of pupils’ skills throughout the term / year

. Inspired staff with the skills, confidence and resources 

. Visible and vibrant creative school culture

 

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

.  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 

    

 

Assets:- 

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

 

Suggested Materials for Craft activity:- 

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

red are particularly helpful 

Paper, light card,  

recycled card (cereal packets etc.)

recycled paper (magazines, newspaper etc)

paper plates, coloured tissue paper, kitchen paper, paper tissues,

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

wool, string, cotton

cotton wool fabric scraps, fake fur scraps

any stickers, gems, feathers 

Pens, crayons, coloured pencils, paints(paint pens are great) 

scissors (age appropriate)

cellotape,  glue, masking tape

 

 DATES AND OCCASIONS

JANUARY  

World Braille Day

World religion day

(3rd Sunday)

Big school garden watch

Burns Night

SOS Day

RSPB Big Garden bird watch weekend

JAN - FEB

Chinese New Year

National Storytelling week

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

FEBRUARY

UNICEF Day for change

Chinese New Year

Valentines Day

National nest box week

Shrove Tuesday Pancake day

International Mother Language Day

UNESCO Celebrate & promote cultural diversity

FEB-MARCH

Fairtrade Fortnight

(Understand where our food sources come from)

MARCH

ST David's Day (wales)

World Book Day(1st Thursday)

World Maths Day (1st Wednesday)

International Women's Day 

St. Patricks Day (Ireland)

Mothers Day (Sunday)

World storytelling Day (Spring equinox)

1st Day of Spring (Spring Equinox)

Jewish: Passover 

Hindu: Holi – celebrates the winter harvest

World Poetry Day

World Forest Day

World Day for water

World theatre Day

APRIL

International Children's Book Day

World Health Day

Islamic: Ramadan (importance of health & happiness)

Easter

World Homeopathy awareness week 

Earth Day (inspire awareness/appreciation for the Earths environment)

St Georges Day

World Book Day

APRIL -MAY

National Pet Month

RSPCA week

MAY

National share a story month

International firefighters Day

Deaf awareness week

Europe Day

British Sandwich week

Walk to school week

Nice to nettle week

Friendship funday (raise £ for schools abroad)

JUNE

National insect week

World environment week (U.N awareness of world issues)

World Ocean Day

Recycling awareness week

Wrong trousers Day (£1 for children's Hospitals))

JULY

Children's Art Day

AUGUST

International Youth Day 

Notting Hill Carnival

SEPTEMBER

National Organic Month

International Day for the preservation of the ozone layer

International Day of Peace

European Day of language

OCTOBER

Black History Month

International walk to school Day

World Animal week

World Space week

World Poetry Day

World smile Day

Everyone smile day

Halloween

NOVEMBER

National stress awareness Day 

Guy Fawkes Night

Enterprise week

International day of tolerance 

Universal Children's day

BBC children in need

World Hello day

Anti-bullying week

Road safety week

NOV-DEC

National tree week

DECEMBER

Winter Solstice

Christmas