From National Storytelling Week to World Book Day, arts weeks to literacy projects, Janina works extensively within the primary sector providing full and half day packages of traditional oral storytelling to pupils and CPD workshops for staff.

Reading and writing begins with speaking, speaking begins with listening, and stories provide something worth listening to.

Being able to absorb and retell a story helps children build an understanding of the world outside their own experience and enables them to explore that in a safe way. In short, stories help the world make sense.

In addition, the pattern of language heard can directly influence the skills needed to read and write, Janina uses word play, rhymes, repeating patterns and rhythms to extend vocabulary.

CPD workshops for staff are available to explore the importance of telling with children, how to do it and bolster confidence in telling tales. Recent clients have included the National Literacy Trust, RHS, The Forest School Association and Glastonbury Festival.

If children are given access to a diet rich in oral language, it will foster an excitement and eagerness to develop the skills needed to communicate their own stories both real and imagined.