Students bring popular children’s story to life

Six Gateshead College students worked alongside National Centre for Children’s Books Seven Stories and Unfolding Theatre to plan and perform exciting sensory story telling activities for children aged between three and five.  

The students, who are in their final year of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce, performed a theatre piece from the book Mog and the Vee Ee Tee (Vet) by Judith Kerr.

The project was inspired by dreams and dreaming and used Seven Stories’ newest exhibition Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit – A Judith Kerr Retrospective as a backdrop.

The performances took place on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, at Seven Stories with over 200 young children enjoying the performances.

The project, specially commissioned for this year’s Juice Festival, gave students the chance to further their professional development and helped them to develop a range of valuable and transferrable skills that they can use in their future childcare careers.

Claire Trainer, Early Years’ Course Leader at Gateshead College, said: “Working alongside Seven Stories and Unfolding Theatre really inspired the students to have a love of books and reading.

“It’s fantastic professional development and enabled them to develop a diverse range of valuable skills and ideas that they can use as part of their portfolio and future work in childcare and early years’.

“A key skill that universities look for in their teaching students is story-telling; this is a skill that we have encouraged our students to practice and develop.”

This year’s Juice Festival took place from Friday, October 25 to Sunday, November 3. The festival showcased 35 projects, all of which celebrate the creativity of children and young people.

Now in its sixth year, the festival offers a wide range of innovative ways for children, young people and their families to engage in the arts.

Eleanor Farrington, Learning and Participation Co-ordinator at Seven Stories, said:

“At Seven Stories it’s important that we support the next generation of childcare professionals in the North East, inspiring them with a love of children’s books and reading that they can share with children and families for years to come.

“Collaborating with Gateshead College Childcare students and Unfolding Theatre is an exciting way for us to help them develop skills for future success, as well as having lots of fun!”

Seven Stories brings together original manuscripts and illustrations from some of the nation's best-loved children’s books. Jacqueline Wilson, Terry JonesPhilip Pullman and Quentin Blake are among some of the centre's most distinguished patrons. Seven Stories curates its own exhibitions, many of which go on to tour nationally.

Claire added: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain real-life experience and work with Seven Stories - the first museum in the UK wholly dedicated to the art of British children’s books and the recognised national home for children’s literature.

“This is just another example of how Gateshead College is preparing and supporting our students to be highly prized in the workplace by partnering with fantastic organisations like Seven Stories and Unfolding Theatre.”