Hull Collegiate Prep School attends StorySLAM competition in Manchester along with primary schools across the country 

In January, pupils from Hull Collegiate Prep School took part in an exciting storytelling competition, alongside primary schools from across the country.

The pupils and their teachers travelled to Abbey Hey Primary Academy in Manchester to take part in StorySLAM. The regional competition was organised by United Learning, the national group of schools which Hull Collegiate School is part of.

The competition, which originated in New York and now takes place all over the world, challenges children to create their own original stories and perform them in the three-minute timeframe. The event in Manchester was one of three regional heats taking place this fortnight across United Learning, with over 120 children participating in total.

As part of the StorySLAM event, Hull Collegiate Prep School pupils got the chance to learn more about creative writing techniques and develop their ideas in a workshop with Stuart Bird, author-in-residence at Surbiton High School – a fellow United Learning school. They also perfected their performances in a confidence-boosting session with Mr Bird before taking to the stage with their newly-crafted tales.

Pupils each got to perform their stories in front of an audience made up of their United Learning peers and teachers, as well as a panel of judges. This included Mr Bird, who acted as event emcee, and United Learning’s Northern Regional Director Tanya Hughes.

The top three performers overall in the competition were awarded book tokens as prizes, while everyone who took part received a certificate and StorySLAM badge. Furthermore, all stories will be published in the 2018 United Learning StorySLAM anthology, bringing together pupils’ fascinating tales from all three regional events.

 Mr Whitfield, Year 5 teacher at Hull Collegiate School said:

"It was a real privilege to be welcomed by our fellow United Learning school, Abbey Hey, and to work with many other schools across the group in this years StorySLAM. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and found many similarities with our own approaches to writing, just showing that United Learning are one body with one vision, and that the quality of teaching is consistently high. We will definitely be taking part next year, and look forward to spreading the profile of this brilliant event.''

Stuart Bird, event MC and Head Judge, said:

“The pupils’ vibrant imaginations were stretched to build exciting new creative worlds for their brilliant, original stories. Each performed amazingly individually as well as inspiring each other in collaboration.

“The standard of writing was dizzyingly high, and in the storytelling section of the competition the level of captivating, energetic delivery was remarkable – especially, when you consider that this is many students’ first time in front of a large live audience.”

Martina Montecchiarini, Project Lead at United Learning, said:

“StorySLAM continues to be a very popular feature in our Group calendar as it gives pupils a chance to experiment with language, characters and ideas and further develop the literacy tools they are learning in the classroom. Likewise, it is a great opportunity for staff and children in our primary schools to meet and learn from each other, which is one of the benefits of being part of a national group of schools. Congratulations to all those who took part this year; we look forward to producing our Group StorySLAM anthology this year as a record of everyone’s excellent work.”

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