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Singer/Songwriter and Master Storyteller Delights Students

24 maart 2015

This week, the children from Early Years Cubs and Key Stage 1 were visited by Courtney Campbell.  Courtney is an award winning singer/songwriter, master storyteller, writer and musician. She travels world-wide performing for children and giving concerts. James Morgan, Primary Humanities Coordinator tells us about her visit.

  • Courtney Campbell visits BISS Puxi
  • Courtney Campbell visits BISS Puxi

This week, she joined us as part of our International Week celebrations.  She talked to the children about their home countries and delighted the students with songs inspired by her journeys across the globe.  

Courtney told stories through songs and actions, encouraging the students to participate and sing along.  The children learned about rhythm and rhyme in a fun and active way.  Engaging in such activities helps to develop children's language skills, exposing them to the magic of story-telling and the joy of song.  Far from being the passive recipients of these stories, Courtney challenged our children to adapt familiar rhymes and songs and to personalise them, developing their creativity and imagination. 

The storyteller's material ranged from stories of dinosaurs in the back yard, to a bed full of animals and a little boy who just wouldn't go to bed.  Her songs had something to appeal to everyone.  Courtney also explained to the children that she has travelled to over 20 countries and, referencing BISS Puxi's 10th anniversary, she talked to the students about different birthday traditions across the world. 

Our students returned to their classes singing and dancing, enchanted by her music and delighted by her performance.   

- James Morgan, Primary Humanities Coordinator

What some of the students thought...

"She was really funny and sang very nice songs." – Max, 2U

"My favourite story was the story of the boy who wouldn’t go to bed because sometimes I don’t go to bed too." – Elena, 2U

"My favourite part was when she told the story of the camel who couldn’t blow his nose because I could join in." – Ben, 2U