National Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre launch nationwide storytelling mission for primary school pupils
Today the National Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre are launching Story Seekers, a new creative literacy project for primary schools across the UK.
Pupils aged 8-11 are invited to join in a nationwide mission to find, tell and share exciting stories from across the globe. Pupils will be led through the quest as they undertake the Story Seeker’s Training Programme guided by filmed theatre performances. Created by Justin Audibert, Artistic Director of the Unicorn and Jackie Tait, Primary Programme Manager at the NT, there will also be workshops and performances by leading professional storytellers.
The mission will culminate with pupils creating their own filmed storytelling performances to share with their school community, other participating schools across the UK and beyond. Through the challenge, children will explore the rich oral storytelling tradition from the UK and around the world.
Available FREE to UK state schools, this project is designed to take place over six weeks and sit alongside the school curriculum. Continuing professional development (CPD) sessions and curriculum-linked resources developed in partnership with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) are provided to support teachers to lead the project.
In response to the impact on children’s learning following a year of significant disruption, Story Seekers focuses on supporting children to develop their communication, oracy and language skills to promote self-expression and wellbeing. The project also supports teachers to reconnect children with learning and their school community in a fun, creative and imaginative way.
Justin Audibert, Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre said, “I am so excited that children across the United Kingdom will be joining the Story Seekers in finding, exploring and sharing stories from around the world. What could be more exciting and rewarding for pupils and teachers alike than delving into the incredibly rich oral storytelling tradition and then reimagining and performing these stories to their wider school communities. This project will be a truly joyful and creative learning adventure for all involved.”
To sign up your school to take part, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/storyseekers
Story Seekers will be offered on a termly basis. Applications to take part in Autumn 2021 are open until 17 September 2021.