History through Stories

Teaching Primary History with Storytelling

History through Stories
Chris Smith By (author)
Adam Guillain By (author)
Nanette Noonan By (author)
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11.9 X 8.3 in
256 pg

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Fourth volume in the Storytelling Schools Series

“Our storytelling evokes and nourishes the inner, imaginative world—our ultimate source of creativity. Through stories we tap into an ancient vein of tradition, offering inspiration, wonder, and insight to the audience, whether for entertainment, education, team building, or healing.” —Chris Smith

History Through Stories is designed to engage young learners with history. It is brimming with historical stories about significant individuals—from Rosa Parks and Tim Berners Lee to Boudicca and Henry VIII—as well as original stories in historical settings, all written specifically for classroom use. Each story comes with engaging and inclusive ways to link it to history teaching, English literacy skills and other areas. 

Guaranteed to fire the imagination!

Contents: General Introduction; An Introduction to the Storytelling Schools Approach; Our Ancestors – overarching narrative of English History; From Mammoth Hunters to Nelson Mandela – 20 other history topics containing 37 stories; Sources; Notes; Index


“This is history as it needs to be taught—inspiring children with stories of individuals and events to get them thinking and imagining.” Sue Briggs, Montessori International

Author Bio

Chris Smith, PhD, is an Oxford-based storyteller, musician, teacher, and founding director of Storytelling Schools, the fruit of ten years’ research and development experience. He has a passion for Arab folktales, myths, and legends, developed while living in Palestine. He takes storytelling into a variety of institutions including schools, universities, museums and prisons, working with adults and children alike.

Adam Guillian is a primary-school teacher, an educational consultant, a writer of children’s fiction and storyteller. Based in Oxford, he journeys in and out of schools where he runs workshops and trains teachers.

Nanette Noonan is a teacher and Storytelling Schools’ trainer and mentor. “Since being introduced to storytelling, six years ago, my teaching has been transformed. I can’t imagine teaching any other way.” She is currently an assistant head teacher in Tower Hamlets, London and works regularly supporting schools that are developing the storytelling method.