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Posted: 29/06/10

Students bring stories to life

Childcare and education students at West Nottinghamshire College have turned a selection of popular children’s stories into interactive fun kits for children at a Nottingham primary school.

The ‘story sacks’, which have been created by the group of 30 second year childcare diploma students, feature popular children’s stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Each sack contains a fiction book, a non-fiction book about a related subject, as well as an item for the child to play with and a game or jigsaw puzzle.

The idea has been developed by early years tutor Cath Barker, who went with the students to Gilthill Primary School in Kimberley to present the teachers and children with the collection of nine story sacks last week (24 June). 

Cath said: “The learners really enjoyed this, as did the children who went dashing back to their teachers requesting to take the story sacks home with them.  The children will be able to take the story sacks home to share with their parents or carers and hopefully aid the enjoyment of reading and encourage parents to share books with their children."

Gilthill Primary School’s foundation stage teacher Sarah Cooper was very impressed with the creations.  She said: “This is all part of a bigger project for the school where we will be developing a library which will be used by parents and children of the school. 

“We’re absolutely delighted with the story sacks that the students at West Notts have made for us – they’ve created a real buzz and bringing these popular stories to life has really motivated the children.”