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Apprentice at Busy Bees nursery in Harlow wins national storytelling competition

Education: Secondary / Fri 17th Feb 2017 at 01:26pm

As part of a National Storytelling Week competition, learners from Busy Bees Training Academy were asked to host an interactive story time session which encouraged the children to engage with stories and enjoy the process of reading. In a bid to win the competition, apprentices used their creative talents to narrate the stories and also used story sacks and interactive activities.

StoryAPPRENTICES from nurseries across the country have been using their imaginations to bring their favourite children’s stories to life.

As part of a National Storytelling Week competition, learners from Busy Bees Training Academy were asked to host an interactive story time session which encouraged the children to engage with stories and enjoy the process of reading. In a bid to win the competition, apprentices used their creative talents to narrate the stories and also used story sacks and interactive activities.

Katie Chalk, an apprentice from Busy Bees nursery in Harlow, impressed the judges with her narration of popular children’s book Dear Zoo. Katie created a zoo-themed reading corner and used animal toys and handmade masks to represent the story. As the winner of the National Storytelling Competition, Lucy has won her nursery an exclusive storytelling masterclass delivered by a visiting author. The masterclass aims to offer the nursery team helpful advice on how to spark children’s imaginations. Katie will also be able to continue her love for reading as she also won an Amazon Kindle as part of her prize.

Katie said: “I decided to base my story time on the book ‘Dear Zoo’. This was because the children would gain more knowledge of animals in the book and they could have fun creating the noises each animal in the book makes. I created a little zoo area and used toys and masks to represent the different animals. As I read through the book, I would stop and asked them questions such as ‘what animal is this’ and ‘what noise does this animal make’. They all enjoyed making the noises and discovering which animal was underneath the boxes.”

Training Manager, Fay Gibbin at Busy Bees Training Academy explained how the competition encourages children to engage with stories:
“We want to equip our learners with all the tools they need for the many different aspects of child development, and the National Storytelling Week competition is a fantastic opportunity for our apprentices to use their creative flair to create a story time which is not only engaging and fun, but also encourages greater understanding and learning. By creating fun activities which are in line with the Government’s EYFS framework, our apprentices can really ensure that the children in their care can develop their own understanding in an exciting and interactive way.

“The standard of this year’s entries was incredibly high and it was fantastic to see so many different ideas from our apprentices. Choosing a winner was a tough decision, but what we loved about Katie’s entry was the use of handmade toys and masks to represent the animals and the way she encouraged further learning by creating an interactive zoo setting at the nursery.”

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