INSPIRE | IGNITE | INFORM
KEY STAGE 1 +
Clothed in the finest African attire our storyteller, the griot fuels, the cinematic screen of the minds eye. Often described as a walking library of narrative, the griot delves into his memory bank and hands out beautiful treasures of folklore, myths, fairy tales, poetry, and proverbs.
The Griot (pronounced Gre-o) is symbolic to history, unity and culture. Before the written, it was the spoken word that was sourced from memory and imagination and handed down for us to know who we are.
African drumming / kalimba
Songs and Games
HOW LONG ARE THE SESSIONS?
A typical day will include a free morning assembly followed by a series of 45min - 1hrs workshops in smaller (usually classroom size) groups.
The National Oracy Project's Common Bond: Storytelling in the classroom suggests ways in which storytelling can be used by children within the classroom - It can be used to:
- Allow pupils to learn and demonstrate what they have learnt in a way that is revealing and motivating;
- Give an opportunity for information, events, thoughts and feelings to be explored, shaped, organised and expressed;
- As a way of explaining their understanding of a process, such as functioning of the human digestive system;
- As an outcome of work on a topic, creating a collaborative story which is designed to reveal their understanding of, for example, the causes of pollution, of historical incident;
- As a way of exploring the various myths associated with creation in different cultures.
(Howe and Johnson, 1992)