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Grantham schoolchildren enchanted by storyteller's theatrical performance

Pupils at a primary school in Grantham were treated to a theatrical performance from a popular children’s storyteller.

Genevieve Robinson, who also works as a Disney theatrical teaching artist, visited youngsters at Poplar Farm School last Monday as part of their minibeasts topic.

The pupils were able to take part in the interactive, theatrical performance about minibeasts by acting out various different scenarios from the story to help develop their observational skills, problem solving, decision making and communication.

Storyteller Genevieve Robinson excites pupils with minibeast session. (9583810)
Storyteller Genevieve Robinson excites pupils with minibeast session. (9583810)

A highlight of the afternoon was meeting Genevieve’s python, a giant puppet snake that helped her with the story.

Genevieve has worked with various different theatre companies to lead educational dance, music and acting workshops and was awarded the ‘Sally Goldsworthy Bursary’ from Discover Children’s Storytelling Centre last year. The scheme offers bursaries to inspirational UK-based artists working in children’s literature or storytelling.

Head of school Erica McGinley was pleased with how much the children embraced the interactive session.

She said: “Genevieve was amazing. The children loved joining in with her songs and ukulele.

“Her puppets were really interactive and fun. All of the children developed lots of creative ideas over the session and were excited to write their own stories.It was an amazing, engaging, story-building session.”

The primary school opened its doors to 49 pupils last September, as part of the Community Inclusive Trust (CIT Academies).

TV personality Jen Pringle, famous for her role on Channel 5’s Milkshake, was invited to unveil the plaque to commemorate the official opening at a special ceremony.

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