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Badger Tales!

A chance conversation with a teacher about a farm visit led to this project! Set in the red earth of the old railway cutting at West Town a mix of storytelling, drama, word play and environmental explorations and artworks will lead groups into the nocturnal world of Brock the Badger. Gill. the teacher, mentioned that her 7 year olds were writing about nocturnal creatures as part of their Literacy SATs. I am wondering whether any other schools would like to explore Badger Tales. More sessions make it easier to justify a longer preparation time.Time to go calling again!

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Eleanor Rigby, Old Misery and tales of change

I have just had an interesting session exploring some story making with a group of 10 year olds. The class are working on songs of the Beatles and seed planting!! This rather nice video of Eleanor Rigby and a subsequent discussion of the lyrics set quite a sombre note which was picked up with the French tale of Old Misery, a┬ácantankerous old lady who is fiercely protective of her apple tree. The children were set the challenge of creating stories which established a feeling of loneliness but then lifted and changed the mood. There were to be no “fluffy bunny” happy endings though! 15 minutes and a lot of talk later we sat down to a series of tales involving friendships broken and reforged, illness, loss,┬ádespair and hope! I am hoping to post some of the recordings up on the site. There is something very powerful when such a core theme is opened up and the video and storytelling introduction worked very nicely.

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