Before we get started - I would like to reiterate that the Story Pot method is not mine - it was designed by an Early Years Educator in Dublin and an overview of the original format of the method can be found here via the Aistear-Síolta Support Materials. I highly recommend taking a moment to listen to Nessa explaining how it is facilitated in a preschool / aftercare context.
Utilising 'The Story Pot' method to suit a Primary context (Stages 1 - 2)
A method like this, can of course be used 'as is' however, coming from the persepctive of teaching with the outcomes of the Primary Language Curriculum in mind, a method like the Story Pot can act as a meaningful, playful and engaging springboard to teaching many key literacy skills; such as listening skills, oral narratives, narrative writing, writing for pleasure, narrative discourse, conventions of language, sentence structure & grammar, vocabulary development, language comprehension, knowledge development, sequencing, description and justification - to name a few!
Sample format to suit stages 1 - 2 at primary to develop oral and written narrative skills
Introduce with Story Pot rhyme
Download a copy of the rhyme here:
2. Create a shared Oral Narrative
Invite the children to add to the story pot. You can do it on the board. I have a little cauldron and post-its and add a drawing / word of each contribution and add to the cauldron each time. That way, the order of the shared narrative is spontaneous, keeping the playfulness heightened.
Digital story making
Playful story making (creative play / constructions / small world)
3. Complete an individual Story Pot and Oral Narrative
Children receive their own Story Pot template. I always provided an A3 copy for the younger children, plenty of room for drawing and any efforts emergent writing / spelling.
Download a copy of the Story Pot template here:
Once complete, children take turns sharing their narrative with a partner.
4. Extending the learning
For me, the Story Pot was a natural entry point into Narrative Writing. The children would use their story pot items to create their oral narrative followed by a simple written narrative.
Additional options include:
Creating a story map
Creating a comic strip
Digital story making (use of toys and tablets to create short movies or virtual story books about their stories)
Puppet shows (acting out their stories using self-designed stick puppets)
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