Storyplay Riverside

Riverside Primary is a Storyplay School.

Storyplay Schools is a unique project designed to support the development of children’s literacy, language and confidence through the introduction of shared stories and inclusive play. Storyplay is delivered by specialist children’s theatre company Licketyspit, together with teachers, and includes the whole school community – children, families teachers and PSA’s. Storyplay is part of Riverside’s programme to raise children’s attainment.

Every child in the school has been learning some of the Lickety Playcard repertoire of games, rhymes, songs, stories, dressing-up and imaginary play! You can read more about Licketyspit Playcard Play here.

We are also working with Primary 6, who are the Riverside Primary Playground Play Champions! Primary 6 have been learning how to lead Lickety-Play in the playground, as well as developing characters and stories from the games, rhymes, songs and imaginary play activities. Every game is a story and our Playground Play Champions are supporting a culture of play at Riverside which isn’t about winning or losing, but about where the play can take you!

There is lots of evidence that our approach builds children’s confidence, strengthens friendships, develops language and literacy and encourages an enjoyment of school. Our approach is based on fairness, inclusion and the knowledge that everyone is creative. Storyplay helps unlock children’s – and adults’ – innate creativity and limitless imagination! You can read more about the principles behind our work and how it supports raising attainment, here.

What have the Playground Play champions been up to at Riverside?

Week 3: Pirate Captains & Magic Ball!

June 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Big Porridge & Play Blog 8th June 2020 Govan - Tuesday 2nd June 2020 The Govan posse got together yesterday for a bit of hang out and a lot of PLAY! [...]

Saturday Sessions Starting!

May 27th, 2020|0 Comments

Big Porridge & Play Open Sessions start this week! 27th May 2020 We may all be at home, but in our imaginations we can go anywhere, be anyone, do anything. All we need to [...]

Govan, Milton, Easterhouse Online Sessions

May 21st, 2020|0 Comments

Community sessions have started online! 21st May 2020 We may all be at home, but in our imaginations we can go anywhere, be anyone, do anything. All we need to play is each other! [...]

Big Porridge & Play is Going Online!

April 28th, 2020|0 Comments

Licketyspit Press Release 28th April 2020 We may all be at home, but in our imaginations we can go anywhere, be anyone, do anything. All we need to play is each other! Scotland’s pioneering [...]

Video: Hello My Name is Joe

April 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Hello, my name is Joe I've got a wife and 3 kids And I work in the Button Factory One day, my boss says to me He says Joe are you busy I say [...]

Licketyspit Digital Access Survey

April 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Loading… Lickety Online! Throughout April, we're doing trial online Zoom play sessions every Wednesday.  Email Ruby at if you'd like to come! [...]

Lickety Online Play Sessions!

April 14th, 2020|0 Comments

We were very excited to try out our first Lickety Online Play Session last week! We used the platform Zoom to play with families all over Glasgow  - in their living rooms! It was [...]

Video: Ickerickeroo!

April 9th, 2020|0 Comments

As I touch myself, what have I hear? This is my BRAINBOXER my mother dear! Brainboxer, Brainboxer Ickerickeroo! That's what they told me when I went to school! Join in with Iona to sing [...]

Video: The Funky Chicken

April 1st, 2020|0 Comments

Do you know the Funky Chicken? "What did you say?!" Taz and Jack lead a game of Funky Chicken, one of the Licketyspit Playcards! Part of a series of Play Videos Licketyspit are producing [...]

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus 2: Lockdown

March 31st, 2020|0 Comments

👀🎥 An update on the Coronavirus lockdown for children and families, from Virginia at Licketyspit. Also includes lots of hilarious ideas for things to play and do with everyday household objects - from our [...]

Videos: Lickety Rhyming Warm Ups

March 27th, 2020|1 Comment

Try out our Lickety Rhyming Wake Up Warm Ups! Join in with the videos below. A fun and energising way to start the day for young and old. Or why not do it in [...]

Riverside Storyplay Freeze Frames

March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Monday 4th March Storyplay Freeze Frames This week we started to put our stories in action by getting into character and creating freeze frames of some of the key moments. After practising leading some [...]

Storymaking featuring our Detectives

February 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Friday 15th February Storywriting After a physical warm-up where we talked about stretching, slow-motion and the different ways we can use our bodies, we made a very unusual cake, and then did some quick [...]

Wink Murder in the Enchanted Forest

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

20th February 2019 Wink Murder, What Are You Doing, and how to explain the Licketyspit games. We were visited by several Detectives from far away places in Wink Murder today. Detective Scott came all [...]

We would also like to invite you to join the Licketyspit Children and Families Network.

This is a big community of families across Scotland with children under-twelve, who all know Licketyspit. It’s a place to share experiences, ideas and resources – online and by email and post. We are also working with museums and libraries to create more new free opportunities for families.

You can join the network by clicking on Register Now  on the top right-hand corner of this page, or by emailing with your name, the names & ages of your children, and your postcode.

Please follow us on Facebook & Twitter, where we’ll share news and photos of our sessions (with your permission), and tell us what you think! We love to get feedback and images of children’s drawings inspired by Lickety Play – and we will always write back!