SlamJam Storytelling is a spoken word competition, in which children create their own stories, and then present them in spoken form. The emphasis is on creativity – both in the quality of the stories, and also in the quality of performance.
Who can take part?
All pupils in KS2. There are separate heats for Y3/4, and Y5/6.
What am I expected to do?
Y3/Y4 children need to know a story, and be able to re-tell it effectively. This can be a well known story, such as a fairytale, or an original story.
Y5/Y6 children must tell an original story, created by themselves. The story can be the result of a collaboration, or an adaptation, but it should not be a mere re-telling of an existing story.
Children will need to know the structures and features of good stories, and also the oral techniques that make good storytellers irresistible – but one of the main aims of the project is for children to have fun.
Schools will run their own internal competitions, and then their winners will compete in the Regional and County Finals.
The Regional and County Finals take place in May/June each year, so you will need to ensure that your school competitions have taken place by then.
What can I win?
There is a SlamJam Storytelling trophy that will be awarded to the school of the overall winner each year. Winners of each year group win individual prizes, and all Finalists receive certificates.