Reading Oasis has launched an exciting new partnership with Special Schools. Our pilot for the project is Cricket Green School in Mitcham, south west London. This happy and creative community school was chosen as it receives a higher than average allocation of pupil premium funding for disadvantaged children. Although literacy and storytelling are an important area of focus at Cricket Green, the school currently lacks a dedicated library space. Reading Oasis was able to help.
Cricket Green was recently judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted and caters for pupils from 4 to 19. Students at the school have a range of complex and diverse needs, including autism, severe learning difficulties and difficulties in speech and language development. Some of the students enjoy traditional books, so we provided the school with our signature rug, beanbags and bookcases, packed with story books.
Volunteers setting up the new Reading Oasis
The new Reading Oasis
Other students respond to storytelling in an alternative way, which is why we partnered with the charity Bag Books to provide the school with a set of multisensory books. These innovative books are told interactively via a storyteller and feature sounds, things to feel, look at and even smell! We also provided staff at Cricket Green with storytelling training to get the most from the Bag Books.
Listening to music during 'Seaside'
Feeling spiders during 'Fairground'
Looking in a mirror during 'What am I?'
Feeling a sticky during 'Fairground'
Families of the students can also enjoy Bag Books at home, as Reading Oasis have also donated a further set of multisensory books for a home loan service, as well as training for parents.
Multi-sensory bag books
The Reading Oasis resources arrived at a time when Cricket Green were enjoying a whole- school project around story telling. Each year group explored stories told in different forms such as sensory tales, drama, visual art, technology, poetry and music.
Work inspired by 'The Soul Bird' by Michal Snunit for the Story Telling Project
Deputy Head Louis Jhugroo said "We would like to thank Reading Oasis for the excellent training and donation of books we received which supported us with our story telling days".