Storytelling in the classroom – World-wide!


Hosted by thestorytelling-resource-centre.com, The Schools Storytelling Exchange is a free, interactive opportunity for schools to communicate stories on-line. Schools will also be encouraged to work together in the creation of stories and in the sharing of storytelling ideas. Membership is FREE and exclusive to schools.

If you would like to participate in this exciting new project, EMAIL us today with your EMAIL address, telephone number, and the name of the teacher (or teachers) supervising the sessions.


We require the above information so that we are able to verify that you are who you claim to be and to ensure that your on-line sessions are properly supervised. Although we want children to be the main contributors to this network – each subsequent EMAIL MUST carry the name of the responsible adult who is in charge of the session in which the EMAIL is submitted.

If you are interested in joining the Schools Storytelling Exchange, but unsure how to proceed, log on to www.staveley.cumbria.sch.uk . Mike Prince has created a page on his web site explaining what you have to do.

Once we have received your EMAIL your school will be added to our database and you will receive EMAIL from us acknowledging your membership. We will provide information of new members as they join and facilitate communication between schools.

The Schools Storytelling Exchange hopes to provide a forum for members to share their stories and work together in creating new stories. Members will be invited to submit items of news and reviews of storytelling events at which they have participated, or attended. Books can be discussed and opinions expressed. Members will also be invited to indicate, in the storytelling context, what activities they would like The Schools Storytelling Exchange to promote. We, ourselves, will also contribute ideas as the project develops. For instance, here is an unfinished tale, for which you are invited to tell us:

What Happened Next?


Long long ago, and perhaps before then! There were two kings who ruled over neighbouring kingdoms. Both were exceedingly rich and both were equally greedy for even greater wealth. Each had a young daughter; one beautiful, gentle and kind, the other ugly, bad tempered and mean.

One day, news came that a pirate ship had foundered off the coast. The vessel had broken up and a huge treasure chest had been washed ashore. It now rested on the beach, sitting exactly across the border between the two kingdoms!

Both kings claimed the treasure but neither had a key with which to unlock the chest. A young locksmith was sent for and told that he must make a key that would open the lock. Each king promised the locksmith his daughter's hand in marriage if he would make a key exclusively for him, but added that if he failed, the craftsman would be put to death!

It was obvious that the locksmith would have to make two keys, one for each king. However, he did not want to marry the bad-tempered princess but thought that the beautiful princess would make a fine bride. He decided to make sure that the father of the princess he liked would be the only one able to successfully open the treasure chest.

He fashioned two identical keys, both of which were a perfect fit. Through the 'bit' end of one he drilled a hole and attached a key-ring into the wrong end! Although the key was a perfect fit, the key-ring hanging through the business end would make it impossible to insert it into the lock. He was going to give this key to the father of the mean princess.

He took the keys to the kings who were impatiently waiting. As soon as they saw the locksmith, the kings grabbed the keys, and raced to the beach, each hoping to be first to reach the treasure chest.

The locksmith chased after them in panic, realising that in their haste, the kings had snatched the wrong keys! The father of the beautiful princess had the key with the ring in the wrong end!


Email us with your suggested ending. We will print the ten best endings that we receive!

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