The Story Spinner is a collection of DVDs of stories from all parts of the world, modern and traditional, enchantingly told by Phil McDermott.
The Story Spinner is a collection of 42 stories told on film, by veteran storyteller Phil McDermott (rated ‘Excellent’ by Ofsted) and created especially for use in primary schools. There are 7 DVDs in each box set, with 6 stories for each year, from reception to Year 6 – creating a unique resource for the entire school. Each story has been carefully selected to fit the Primary Framework, offering all the benefits of live storytelling, for any classroom, any time. The tales range from traditional tales re-told to stories of modern life; drawn from all parts of the world these tales are magically told and appeal to listeners of all ages.
Price boxed set: £399 Individual DVDs: £99 each, plus VAT and £7 P & P.
Order directly from: info.thestoryspinner.co.uk/home.html
The Story Spinner DVD set is a brilliant use of new technology to bring the delights of the oral tradition to a 21st century audience. Children crave stories, and for good reason. Stories build up their understanding of ideas, feelings, people, places and their store of words to explore and express their own experiences of the world. They create strong foundations on which literacy and learning can be built. It’s not often that a new resource knocks me out so comprehensively, but this carefully selected and beautifully produced collection is far more than an educational resource - it’s a cultural treasure trove, and a very special personal experience!
Sue Palmer, Literacy Consultant and writer on contemporary childhood
Children who are learning English as an additional language will benefit particularly, once they are beyond the initial stages. Repeated listening will support them to embed the patterns of language used to tell stories, internalise the templates they provide for archetypal characters and different story structures, and learn the features of different narrative genre. Dramatisation scaffolds understanding and supports language development.
Jill Catlow. Former National Strategy Regional Adviser and lead author of the professional development materials commonly known as the EAL Toolkit