Benefits of Storytelling in EYFS | The British School of Tashkent

Benefits of Storytelling in EYFS

Reading and sharing stories with children of all ages is highly important.
Monday, December 4, 2017
It supports many areas of child development and can assist language development while inspiring them to enjoy books. Storytelling can also fire children’s imaginations, both through role-play and use of drama, as well as supporting them to become familiar with sounds, words and language. Children will often enjoy a story that has many different characters that they can become. Reading to children at a young age can help develop early literacy skills that will assist them later on when they start to read and write. We have been taking part in a lot fun storytelling activities in the EYFS classes in our school.

The students in EYFS (Pre Nursery, Nursery and Reception) classes have been reading a story for the week, and then the teachers have been setting up activities for children to do. The students have been making puppets, creating masks, painting the characters from the story and preparing the props from the story. They have enjoyed using drama by actually acting out the whole story, sometimes in front of an audience.

Pre-Nursery have been looking at the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. They liked using wooden characters from the stories and role-playing them. They have a role-play area kitchen where children can use the play dough to prepare food for the bears and Goldilocks. The children were enjoying making food and organising a birthday party for the bears.

Nursery classes have been looking at the stories by Bill Martin ‘Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?’ and ‘Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?’ and the story “The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr. They made their masks, painted the characters from the story and they have enjoyed using small world toys from the story to play. It has been very interesting to hear them reading books and telling the stories to their peers using the props from the story. They are developing their literacy skills by looking at books and paying attention to the printed words.

Reception class has been doing many activities through storytelling as well. They have looked at the stories ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and ‘Handa’s Surprise’. In Reception class, the students are not only developing their language, they are writing the stories as well. First they read a story quite a few times, then they tell the story using their English language, then the students read the story to each other with the teacher’s support. Later in the week, the students are ready to write a story.

They are enjoying having a story for the week and, by reading every day, by the end of the week, the children are reading the story to us. It has been interesting to observe how they are developing their language through stories. We have seen how through the simple act of storytelling the children’s learning and development has grown and grown.