Pupils have been experiencing ‘the magic’ of listening to a story in Kilronan’s wonderful new reading area. The 'magic' lies in the way the story engages the pupil with issues that are relevant, real and important to them. The story teller uses a range of strategies to maximise the benefits for all pupils. The Story teller ensures that all pupils’ understanding is actively supported at a level appropriate to their individual need. Facial expressions enhance the way emotions within the story are expressed. Mime and gesture demonstrate the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. Asking questions encourages prediction, checks understanding of key moments in the story, and personalises the story to the pupil's own lives and world. Repetition reinforces key vocabulary and phrases. Pausing creates suspense, encourages participation, and gives pupils’ thinking time in order to assimilate what the story is about. Pointing to illustrations helps pupils’ associate sounds, words and meanings. Maintaining eye contact ensures that pupils’ stay actively involved and focused as they listen to the story.
Photographs below capture J8 listening to Julia Donaldson’s ‘Room on the Broom’. All pupils were engaged and enjoyed the ‘magic’ of the story.