Kate Barron’s Blog at Storytelling Schools.

This is a platform to share practical ideas to keep teaching and learning fun, fresh and effective, both in the classroom and at the home.

May 27, 2020

Retelling Stories Through Song

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Retelling stories through song is not only fun and energising but great for reinforcing language and plot. Here's an example of how to do it by making up your own simple tune to retell stories for KS1 and KS2. Watch Year 4 pupil, Mali,...

May 26, 2020

Mood Poems

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Mood is such an important and useful tool for a storyteller. Here's an example of how you might use poetry to strengthen your teaching of mood. In this video, you can hear Year 6 pupil, Kayja, tell her own mood poem in relation to the...

May 22, 2020

The Story of Persephone

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As part of National Share a Story Month in the UK, here is a video of me telling the story of Persephone. It's a hugely popular Greek myth: a creation story, providing a delightful way of explaining how the seasons came to be. It's...

May 21, 2020

Simple Songs For Stories

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Songs are brilliant fun to work with: they are playful, great for building confidence and a sense of community as well as very effective for teaching language. Take a look at this simple way of deepening story through song for Early...

May 20, 2020

Boxing Up

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Find out why I think boxing up is such a great planning tool for writing. In this blog, I talk about how I used it to structure and develop a speech for School 21's Virtual Community Ignite. ...

May 15, 2020


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Introducing EduKate: a blog sharing practical ideas for creative education. If you're looking for a new,  fun and creative way to bring characters to life, then why not check out this 'chinwag' technique. ...