“The less confident children in the class have been much more able to speak up and interact in the class room setting.” Class Teacher
“The children are much more open to talking about feelings. It helped one child with anxiety, particularly, to be able to talk about it a lot more. The change is phenomenal.” Class Teacher
‘Feelings are Funny Things’ is a teaching and learning programme to help develop emotional learning and wellbeing through stories and storytelling.
Our philosophy is based in using the arts to stimulate engagement and learning. Stories and storytelling are used to help understand thoughts, emotions, relationships and choices – the foundation skills necessary in building emotional wellbeing and health. We tell stories that are explored in a community of inquiry and teach storytelling skills to develop confidence and communication skills.
We can tailor our programmes to individual school requirements and can work either intensively or over longer periods. We value working closely with teachers and school staff so that they can continue building on the learning after our intervention.
We also provide training for school staff. Forthcoming Training
Feeling are Funny Things: An inquiry into thoughts, feelings and actions using storytelling.
The programme is developed by Dr Steve Killick, Clinical Psychologist and Storyteller and Phil Okwedy, Storyteller and Teacher, and in association with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at The University of South Wales.
‘Storytelling is one of the most important, most humane, most liberating and most democratic things that human beings can do, and it should have a central place in every classroom.”