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Housebuilder helping to inspire young minds

Posted onPosted on 7th Feb

Pupils at a Warsop school were visited by a storyteller thanks to housebuilder David Wilson Homes.

As part of National Storytelling Week, it arranged for Mark Fraser to spend a morning with the youngsters at Birklands Primary.

He shared three captivating tales from current, older, and ancient times, aligning with the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

Concluding the sessions, Mark challenged the pupils to sequence the stories chronologically by age. To their amazement, the tale they perceived as ancient was revealed to be only a couple of years old.

Amy Watson, assistant headteacher at Birklands, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils. They were enthralled by Mark’s stories; they enjoyed making predictions about the plot and modifying these as the tale unravelled.”

Mark also introduced a story featuring juggling, balancing, and spinning, which received an overwhelmingly positive response.

“Traditional storytelling can give so much to people of all ages, as well as children, and these days it’s more important than ever,” he added.

“I hope the children enjoyed the magic of storytelling.”

The school was selected to receive a storytelling workshop because it is close to the homebuilder’s Stonebridge Fields development.

John Reddington, managing director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “By collaborating with storytellers like Mark, we aim to inspire children, encourage creativity, and develop a lifelong love for learning.”