The Power of Story

Chamberlain, Liz and Harrett, Jacqueline (2011). The Power of Story. In: Moyles, Janet; Georgeson, Jan and Payler, Jane eds. Beginning Learning, Beginning Teaching: In Early Years and Primary Education (4th ed). Maidenhead: Open University Press, pp. 191–200.




This chapter explores the role of story in developing and understanding young children's communication development. It explains the significance of listening to stories and rhymes before considering the importance of engaging with the "tune on the page" (Barrs and Cork 1992). The role of traditional tales will be introduced as a means of demonstrating the centrality of story to the lives of all children. The chapter will consider the practical application of story in the classroom and how, by putting story at the heart of the curriculum, teachers can support children's ways with words, understanding of language and provide opportunities for performance. The final message stresses that by encouraging children to develop their oral skills, teachers are able to view children's literacy development in a more holistic way.

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