The first cohort of Fourth Form community service volunteers is coming to the end of their placement at the Naunton Park After-School Club. College pupils have delivered Story Massage sessions that let children from Reception up to Year 8 unwind after a long day. This involves the use of simple movements on the child's back, shoulders, arms and head, associated with words that help to create stories, fact or fiction, and can help consolidate curriculum learning or be purely for relaxation. The process also helps the youngsters develop their creativity and storytelling.
The peer-based technique is used in schools, clubs and hospices all over the UK is backed by extensive global research. One of the most successful cases from our Fourth Form cohort was about 'Al' the Stone Age man, in which a Year 3 girl, assisted by College pupil Flora Fletcher, was able to recall facts from her topic at school in order to come up with a special story massage that her class teacher now wants to share with the class. College pupils have really enjoyed their time working with the children at Naunton Park, developed some great friendships and added something special to the After-School Club programme.