All children and adults use storytelling to communicate with others, store memories and build relationships. Story telling can be based on fact or fiction! When children talk about what they have done at the weekend, or want to tell you what has just happened in the playground, they are giving a factual recount of their experiences – this is also ‘story telling’.
Create opportunities for children to look at books together, and not just read the words!
Take turns to talk about the pictures, and have fun guessing what might happen next. If the child knows the story really well ask them to tell the story to someone else.
Encourage the child to develop their understanding and recall of the correct sequence of events throughout the day and for familiar stories.
Talk about events within a taught activity, using sequencing vocabulary such as ‘First we put the ingredients in the bowl’, ‘Then we mixed everything together’, ‘Last we put the mixture into the cake cases’. Talk about this sequence before you do it, what you’re doing whilst you do it, then recap again after the event. See if the child can then tell you what you did.
Children are learning to produce short narratives i.e: