Village school writes a new chapter after introducing storytelling shed and boat

Book worms: Children at Risby Rrimary School enjoying their new Story Telling Shed and reading boat.
Head Lisa Tweed, left and storytelling leader Sian Skevington with children at the shed ANL-160621-081342009
Book worms: Children at Risby Rrimary School enjoying their new Story Telling Shed and reading boat. Head Lisa Tweed, left and storytelling leader Sian Skevington with children at the shed ANL-160621-081342009
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A village school is writing a creative chapter in its teaching of storytelling and reading after introducing two new features.

Children at Risby Primary are embracing the world of literature with the school’s recently launched storytelling shed and boat.

Book worms: Children at Risby Rrimary School enjoying their new Story Telling Shed and reading boat.
Three in a story boat - Ben Cargill, Maddie Snell and Grace Johnson ANL-160621-081216009

Book worms: Children at Risby Rrimary School enjoying their new Story Telling Shed and reading boat. Three in a story boat - Ben Cargill, Maddie Snell and Grace Johnson ANL-160621-081216009

It is part of the school’s drive to become the first accredited ‘Storytelling School’ in Suffolk to develop a lifelong skill and passion for reading.

Children have to memorise stories with a moral from a range of cultures and retell them verbally.

Headteacher Lisa Tweed said: “The rich vocabulary they’re using verbally is transferring into their writing and they’re really embracing it.

“We gain high standards at this school but we wanted to do even more to develop life long readers and writers.

Book worms: Children at Risby Rrimary School enjoying their new Story Telling Shed and reading boat
Monty Germeney, 6, Lily Potter, 6, and Harry Fordham, 7, with their books ANL-160621-081328009

Book worms: Children at Risby Rrimary School enjoying their new Story Telling Shed and reading boat Monty Germeney, 6, Lily Potter, 6, and Harry Fordham, 7, with their books ANL-160621-081328009

“The pupils are really excited.”

Parent and artist Sarah Draper gave the shed a colourful look, the inside has been carpeted, parent Katy Davies made curtains and the Parent Teacher Association donated sofas. Pupils can use one of the walls of the shed as a blackboard to compose their own stories.

It will be open at lunchtimes where children can relax with a book and Year 5 pupils will act as leaders to share stories with younger pupils. The small rowing boat was bought using part of a lottery grant.

Mrs Tweed added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the PTA for raising the funds to purchase seating and furniture to make the shed comfy inside.”