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Story Tellers works in partnership with local primary schools to provide a space for children and their parents and carers to build confidence in their literacy skills. In a friendly and relaxed environment, children and parents/carers take part in different ‘story corners’ in which they share a story through a book, craft or educational activity.
By taking part in these story corners at a pace that suits each child and parent/carer, the children are able to practise their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in a fun and engaging way. This will involve phonics practice in partnership with the schools’ learning, by focusing on different sounds and letters.
Not only do the children benefit, but the parents and carers are able to engage in their child’s learning and literacy skills, making the connection between home and school even stronger. It is also set up in a way in which the parents/carers can build confidence in their own literacy skills. One partnering school estimates that 60% of their parents have literacy levels below that of an average 10-year-old. These challenges are enormous barriers to employment and play a key role in the persistent inter-generational poverty that Flourishing Families is seeking to overcome. Story Tellers is making a real difference to both children and parents.
During the pandemic, Story Tellers has found new ways of inspiring families to read together.
Weekly deliveries of books and craft packs, story telling videos and online sessions for children have been a great help to families.
Language barriers can be one of the most isolating challenges people face. Flourishing Families Leeds runs an English language conversation class in the city centre for all levels of ability from beginner and elementary through to intermediate and advanced.
Our friendly and qualified teachers are skilled at helping students achieve the next level of fluency in their spoken and written language, and there is time after the class to chat over tea and biscuits. We aim to assist participants in integrating into the community by running additional social events during the year which are a fantastic chance to get to know people better, experience British culture and learn more about life in Britain. The class is free to attend.
Due to Covid-19 our English class has stopped running. Please email us to register your interest and we will be in touch about when the class is restarting.