Engagement – Story Telling
John the storyteller used Bonfire Night, as the inspiration for an improvised story. Using topics and events that are familiar to the children gives them a reference on which to base their imaginative play, leading to a deeper level of engagement and learning.
Simple props were used to represent elements of the story. A spinning umbrella became a whirling Katherine Wheel, ropes of tinsel represented the sparks of a Roman Candle and bolts of shimmering fabric were used to create the flames of a roaring bonfire! (E.Y.F.S – Using available resource to create props to support role play).
The experience was further enhanced by making S’moors (cooked marshmallows squished between two chocolate biscuits) cooked in a microwave not on a camp fire, as sadly open fires in the classroom are somewhat frowned upon!