///Storyplay Schools

“ I like the melon and the magic ball!”

Child, Canal View PS
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Storyplay Schools

STORYPLAY is year-round engagement with a school to nurture a child-focused inclusive culture of stories, games, rhymes songs, imaginary play and performance which supports language development, confidence and emotional and social skills, teacher creativity and parental engagement.

Storyplay is a drama-led play-based approach where every child is supported to have real agency and the confidence to express their thoughts feelings and ideas. Teachers across a school have a shared tool-kit of resources to nurture strong relationships with and among their pupils which is shared with parents and carers. These resources  support raised attainment in literacy, emotional and social development, confidence and problem solving.

There are now six Storyplay schools:

Storyplay includes…


A piece of immersive theatre for two actors and ten children. LicketyLeap is now a well-established piece of early intervention, releasing children who – even age 3 – may have become stuck in inhibiting ways of being. Nearly 3000 children & families have now experienced LicketyLeap. Teacher evaluations suggests two-thirds show improved confidence, social skills, emotional literacy and literacy as a result. (Link to report)

The Licketyspit Playcard Repertoire 

The Licketyspit Playcards are our tool-kit – a collection of games, rhymes, songs & imaginary
play activities that foster child-centred intergenerational play, performance, story-creation
& friendship. Children learn the games and take the cards home to remind them how to
play them.

The way we play is essential to what we play – everyone is seen, heard and included through a series of
agreements to enable fair turn-taking and relaxed creative non-competitive inclusive play.

Playcard Play is the focus of a series of projects with children in schools and nurseries and with children and their families.

In school, ideally the whole school learns the Playcard repertoire and children receive Playcards to take home.
(280 children at St Mary’s RC Primary received Lickety Playcards in June 2018 and in August 70% of them told us they had played and taught others the games over the Summer holidays)

Licketyspit Residencies work with individual classes establishing successful Playcard play and using it as a stimulus for reflective drawing, talking and creative writing. This is celebrated online (where possible) with families, in whole school Assemblies and through Exhibitions at Parent’s Nights and school public events.

Lickety-Playground Play Champions 

P5 & 6 pupils are trained to support and facilitate Playground Play across the school using the Playcard repertoire. With our Playground Play Champions, we also spend a lot of time talking about what makes good play and how we can play best together.

Porridge & Play, Picnic & Play and BookPlay are also features of Storyplay. Click on the links below to find out more about these elements of our work.

Licketyspit’s Children & Families Network offers families sustained engagement with Licketyspit.

It will increasingly become a gateway to other family friendly activities and foster a national community of families supporting each other by sharing ideas and experiences.

Licketyspit wants to open doors to imaginary playworlds to unlock the limitless possibilities of children and for child-focused theatre and drama-led play to be part of everyday life for every child!

Professional Input

“I am so delighted to see that W engage in a session like this and to see that he has taken it back into the classroom. I was watching [from my office] as they played the monster’s game and even though he is much smaller than the others he was right in on the action. If you were to look at adverse childhood experiences he has experienced them all. A couple of years ago he would have refused to join in with something like this… I’m excited to see where this collaboration goes for him.” Depute Head Teacher

Licketyspit actor-pedagogues are highly skilled at relaxed, confident parent/carer engagement.

“I have never before had a chance to spend quality time with one of my children at school like this. It’s really wonderful” Mum

“Its fantastic to see how the children interact with their parents, full of surprises” P1 Teacher.

How can you access STORYPLAY?

STORYPLAY programmes and costs are designed in collaboration with your school to meet your needs and budget. For an initial discussion about how your school can become a Licketyspit STORYPLAY school, please contact Virginia Radcliffe on 0131 332 1648 or email info@licketyspit.com

Expert Opinion

The work of Licketyspit is of a depth and calibre, which is rarely found. The more parents and practitioners understand and act on the work of Licketyspit, the more young children will be given educational experiences which will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Professor Tina Bruce CBE Early Childhood Education author & Licketyspit Patron & Froebel expert.

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