Storytime resources for primary teachers


From fairy tales and fables to folk tales and poetry, storytime allows primary teachers to capture the imaginations of pupils.

With time set aside to discover reading and inspirational stories, it can act as an introduction to the world of books while making learning fun.

Storytime has the power to grab the attention of every pupil in the room or to enthral them in such a way that they ask questions about what they hear.

It also aids language development and teachers have an array of methods and resources at their disposal to make it fun and engaging throughout.

The importance of storytime

Storytime encourages pupils to think independently and to imagine things based on what they hear, so a primary teacher has the power to bring any story alive in their own way.

From changing their tone, speed of reading or volume, to expressing emotions and adding in different facial expressions, gestures and mime to represent different characters, it’s possible to grab the attention of the class.

Primary teachers should ask questions as the story or task progresses to grasp understanding while following up with worksheets and other resources to help pupils to progress.

Considering the story

Some stories will grab the imaginations of certain pupils and not of others, so it’s important to consider the themes and content within any particular resource.

Try to include plenty of different reading resources, as having a wide range of topics can help to broaden knowledge within the classroom, while also catering to as many tastes as possible.

A primary teacher should look to provide context to stories too, as this also aids understanding and creative thinking – especially if looking at the second part of a series, for example.

Interactive reading

While not strictly a resource per se, making storytime interactive by encouraging pupils to join in can have a huge impact on their understanding.

From using sound effects or actions to having the class say catchphrases, having an interactive element helps to capture their attention and keep pupils engaged.

The books and stories being used are key to making storytime effective, although Primary Treasure Chest has an array of free resources, courtesy of Storytime for Schools, for teachers to print out and use in lessons.

Twinkl also has a set of stories, nursery rhymes and poems for younger pupils, as well as a collection known as Twinkl Originals – engaging stories with fantastic characters which are accompanied by plenty of supporting resources.

Storytime for Schools offers a subscription magazine packed with stories and other activities too, designed for schools to help inspire young people to pick up a book.