Launching the Toolkit Pack for Early Years Practitioners – download here

Storying Doncaster Sounds

This Toolkit Pack is the result of a research project that looked at how young children experience sound in the environment. We wanted to explore:

  • How do young children experience sound in the environment?
  • What is the relationship between environmental sounds, sounds young children make with their bodies, and words?
  • How can thinking more widely about all sorts of sounds support young children/s learning?

As part of this project, we asked children from Doncaster schools to take sounds walks, describe and imitate sounds, draw and map sounds and tell stories. These research activities demonstrated the potential of sound as a resource for imaginative storytelling. As the children began to visualise the sounds, they also began to create characters and scenarios. Their stories blurred the boundaries between the real and the imagined, and demonstrated the strong potential of using sounds to support creative storytelling and at the same time develop children’s…

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