Nurseries & Early Years
Story time with a difference. Parents LOVE the concept, babies, toddlers, and young children are EXCITED by the the interactive story, and staff ENJOY the opportunity to help guide and develop their relationship with the children.
Amelia Boo Stories is a group created to introduce and encourage a love of books and literacy to children at a young age. The groups have been devised by Rebecca Merry, an early years specialist, Dramatherapist and mum of two with over 15 years experience of working in education and early years.
The group has been created to a high standard with the main emphasis on fun! Stories are brought to life using puppets, song, developmental movement and sensory materiel which offers all children the opportunity to experience the story, no matter what their age and developmental level.
The idea for the group is to encourage a love of books and literature from a young age, introducing new stories and presenting them in a way accessible to all. Big books are used as it helps focus small children and give them a point of reference and a physical link to the story and words.
We use a variety of stories that are repeated on a cyclical basis. This helps the children to become familiar with the story songs, action/ movement, helping the children to feel confident in the session and encourages participation and learning.
The sessions are very interactive encouraging children to be absorbed in the story to their full capacity. In the session the children will take part in action, songs, movement and games that are related to the text of the story, often with an emphasis on counting, animals, and other age appropriate learning.
All our classes are linked with the Revised EYFS (England) and Curricular Guidance for the Pre–School Child (NI)
A combination of interactive storytelling and immersive theatre, The children are guided to a magical story land where their imaginations can run wild.The children creatively explore feelings, relationships, movement and language in a fun and engaging way.
The sessions last 30- 45 minutes depending on the age and setting of the group and the children are skilfully guided through the activities so no one is left behind. Each child is offered the opportunity to take a role in the enactment and are supported throughout the session.
Each session is structured so that there is a lead into and out of the main body of work. By keeping the structure the same the students became familiar with the pattern of the session and develop confidence.
Warm-up- This is an activity designed to warm up the body/voice/imagination before the main part of the session. The group are introduced to and encouraged to take on the action of the characters that will be seen in the story later in the session. This gives the students the opportunity to practice and feel more confident when involved in the main activity.
Presentation of activity-This is an activity that leads into the main part of the session. This can take the form of a game/ movement to music or object to explore.
Main activity- The story is told and enacted.
Each week the group act out the story and the students are given the opportunity to embody and explore different characters. This offers the students the opportunity to explore themes of the story and different elements of their personality through the distance of character.
The closure of activity- This consists of putting away objects/materials and preparing for the end of session. Students are encouraged to reflect on the session by asking questions to group.
Our classes HAVE BEEN DESIGNED with the Revised EYFS FRAME WORK IN MIND AND OUR CLASSES PROMOTE AND DEVELOP LEARNING IN ALL AREAS DEFINED BY THE FRAME WORK.
BABY BOO & LITTLE BOO
AGE 3 MONTHS - 5 YEARS
Early Years Drama.
AGE 3+ years
I am curently working in both nurseries and schools with children from 6 months to 11 years.
I have many years experience of working with children both as a drama practitioner and dramatherapist in education.
This work includes:
Drama Workshops in schools and theatres
Theatre Facilatator for young adults with learning difficulties.
Theatre in education
Drama practitioner in education
Dramatherapy in education SEN, PMLD, PH and mainstream, Early years - secondary.