Year one students at Chuter Ede Primary School in Balderton, were visited by Mark Fraser, a professional storyteller during Children’s Book Week as courtesy of Platform Home Ownership.
Schoolchildren have marked Children's Book Week by taking part in an interactive storytelling session.
Year one students at Chuter Ede Primary School in Balderton, were visited by Mark Fraser, a professional storyteller during the book week, which runs between November 6 to 12.
The event organised by Platform Home Ownership, which has homes for sale at Fernwood Meadows, focused on topics such as kindness and friendship in recognition of anti-bullying week from November 13 to 17.
Mark introduced famous tales to the children in an unrecognisable way, before revealing to them at the end that it was a version of one of their favourite stories.
Throughout his performance, Mark communicated many powerful messages to the children, such as the dangers of bullying and that perseverance can help to overcome adversity, with participation from the children being encouraged.
In the end, the pupils were given the confidence to share stories, with a Q&A session to help them further understand the importance of doing so.
Mrs Bernadette Hunter, senior headteacher at Chuter Ede Primary School, said, “It was fantastic to see just how engrossed the year one children were by Mark’s fascinating stories, the session put plenty of smiles on faces.
“The storytelling was thoroughly engaging as well as educational, focusing on our theme of ‘kindness’ for Anti-Bullying Week.
“We’d like to thank Platform for generously arranging for Mark to visit our school, and providing a great afternoon for all involved.”
Children’s Book Week, established in 1919, is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.
Every year, young people across the country participate in Children’s Book Week by attending events at schools and libraries, celebrating at home, and engaging with book creators both online and in person.
Sabina Cox, Marketing manager at Platform said, “It’s great that we were able to provide this experience for the children at Chuter Ede Primary School.
“We hope that the year one class enjoyed their storytelling sessions and that it helped to inspire them into a love for telling and listening to stories.
“Providing the school with these sessions to discuss and educate important topics in such an interactive and engaging way, is extremely important to us, and we hope to organise more community-enhancing initiatives in the near future.”