Storyplay St. Mary’s R.C.

St. Mary’s R.C. Primary is a STORYPLAY school.

As some of you already know, Licketyspit Theatre Company has taken up part-time residence at St. Mary’s Primary. We are a children’s theatre company who create shows and opportunities for games, rhymes, songs and imaginary play with children, for children.

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 across the whole school community – children, families teachers and PSA’s. Storyplay is delivered by specialist children’s theatre company, Licketyspit, together with the teachers. Storyplay is part of St. Mary’s programme to raise children’s attainment.

Since 2017, every child in the school has been learning some of the Lickety Playcard repertoire of games, rhymes, songs, stories, dressing-up and imaginary play. P1s and P2s have participated in LicketyLeap (‘The Story of Margaret and Margaret’) and lots of parents have been involved too, for family Porridge & Play sessions, as well as attending Licketyleap follow-up sessions.

We’ve had Fun Families Porridge & Play sessions for the nursery transition group, and hugely successful Playground Play with P3-P7. Most exciting of all, for the first time ever every child in St Mary’s has gone home with their own set of Lickety Playcards – illustrated cards depicting the games, rhymes, songs and imaginary play activities that make up Licketyplay. So you can share the games with friends, families and neighbours – and keep on playing! All the new Primary Ones this year will be getting their own packs when they do Playcard Play too – and parents/carers will be invited to Porridge & Play to learn to play them too.

The Lickety Playcards were launched at our St. Mary’s Primary Storyplay Year 1 Celebration Event and Sharing Assembly, in June 2018

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!

We want everyone in the school community to be part of Storyplay, so we hope to see you at a session soon! Do get in touch if you have any questions or ideas for your Storyplay School.

What have we been up to at St Mary’s?

Video: Grandma, Grandma

August 3rd, 2020|

Virginia and Iona teach you the Grandma, Grandma song, from the Lickety Playcard Repertoire! Watch the video and join in with us from home - it's easy to learn and lots [...]

Hare & Tortoise Audio-Show

May 11th, 2020|

Hare & Tortoise Audio-Show Online Sunday 10th May 2020 “Hare will be there! Yeah, yeah, yeah!”  “Go Tortoise go! Don’t be slow!" We're very excited to be sharing the audio-show version of Hare & [...]

Licketyspit Digital Access Survey

April 16th, 2020|

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|

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 [...]

Molly Whuppie Audio-Show

April 9th, 2020|

Molly Whuppie Audio-Show Online Tuesday 7th April 2020 We're very excited to be sharing the audio-show version of Molly Whuppie in 12 Episodes on our website! 🕖 EVERY NIGHT @ 7pm from 7th-18th April on [...]

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus 2: Lockdown

March 31st, 2020|

👀🎥 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 [...]

Licketyspit & the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 24th, 2020|

We are sad to announce that all of our family sessions - including Big Porridge & Play Glasgow and Picnic & Play - are now postponed until further notice ☹️ 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦Our play sessions are [...]

Take 2: CFN Festive Trips!

December 10th, 2019|

CFN Trip to Rosemount Development Trust 30th Anniversary Celebrations 01st December 2019 It was great to join the Royston community for an afternoon of Christmassy fun for Rosemount Development Trust's 30th anniversary. Ruby, our [...]

CFN Festive Trips!

December 2nd, 2019|

23rd November 2019 Mary Poppins Cinema Trip with the Caravan Project We had a FAB first ever Children & Families Network trip to the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) on Saturday to watch Mary Poppins! [...]

P1b Porridge & Play at St Marys

November 5th, 2019|

02 October 2019 Last month, Primary 1b shared some of the Lickety Playcard games they had learnt with lots of their families! - We played Big as a Bear, Funky Chicken (where we met [...]

P1a Porridge & Play at St Marys

November 5th, 2019|

02 October 2019 It was wonderful to welcome so many parents and carers to the school last month for Porridge & Play! The children shared some of the Lickety Playcard games they had learnt [...]

Letters to Margaret & Margaret – P1A & P1B

October 21st, 2019|

21st October 2019 Primary 1a and Primary 1b were thrilled to get a letter from Margaret & Margaret last week. Since they went up the Mountain with the children, Margaret & Margaret have been [...]

LicketyLeap at St Mary’s – Group 5

September 26th, 2019|

13th & 19th September 2019 The final LicketyLeap group (P1a) was the biggest yet (10 children) and you could tell there was already a buzz about Margaret and Margaret in the classroom! By the [...]

LicketyLeap at St Mary’s – Group 4

September 26th, 2019|

12th & 18th September 2019 St Marys Storyplay We had a lovely LicketyLeap with 9 children from Group 4 (P1a & P1b) and Miss Carty. They were particularly tickled by the Margaret & Margaret [...]

LicketyLeap at St Mary’s – Group 3

September 26th, 2019|

12th & 18th September 2019 The third LicketyLeap group (P1b) couldn't wait to get stuck in and were falling over themselves to tell us what was going on in the postcards at the start. [...]

LicketyLeap at St Mary’s – Group 2

September 26th, 2019|

11th & 17th September 2019 We had a fantastic LicketyLeap with 9 children in group 2 (P1b). Every child contributed in the conversation at the start, C was especially chatty! After our mudfight, M [...]

LicketyLeap at St Mary’s – Group 1

September 26th, 2019|

11th & 17th September 2019 We had a brilliant first session of LicketyLeap with group one (P1a). 8 children joined Margaret and Margaret on their adventure through the Bog, over the Sea, into the [...]

LicketyLeap Week 1 at St Mary’s

September 16th, 2019|

16th September 2019 We had a fantastic first week of LicketyLeap at St Mary's. It was great to meet everyone in Primary 1a and Primary 1b - thank you for coming on the adventure [...]

Storyplay is Back at St Mary’s Primary!

August 26th, 2019|

26th August 2019 We are very excited to be coming back to St Mary's R.C. Primary in Maryhill next month for another Storyplay Schools residency! Ruby, one of our lead actor-pedagogues, will be in [...]

Exploring Angelo – Bookplay at St Mary’s

March 10th, 2019|

We had a brilliant time playing the Licketyspit games again and exploring "Angelo" last week at St Mary's with Primary 1A and Primary 1B. It was great to hear that so many families have [...]

BookPlay with P1 Families at St Mary’s

March 4th, 2019|

As part of Licketyspit's Storyplay Schools programme at St Mary's Primary, we would love to invite you to join your child for BookPlay on Tuesday 5th March at 9am (P1a) or 1pm (P1b). Like [...]

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, or by emailing with your name, the names & ages of your children, and your postcode.

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