The communication skills of young children in Blackpool are to be boosted by an innovative new project that combines music, language, and storytelling.
Bispham Endowed Primary School, in the north of the town, is launching Natterbox Nook this month, thanks to a grant of more than £17,000 from SHINE.
As part of the project, early years children and their parents and carers will be invited to take part in two free weekly sessions led by staff at the school.
One of the 45-minute sessions will involve music making, while the other will be story-focused.
Nursery teacher and project lead Cath Anderton said: “This is a bespoke project we have created specifically to meet the needs of the children starting at our school. Some children, upon starting nursery, have poor communication skills and this programme is designed to improve children’s ability in this area.
“Natterbook Nook is all about finding children’s voices, whatever kind of voice that is, and about making sure that they have fun.
“Currently we find that lots of our children are reluctant speakers when they arrive at our school, which can hold them back in their development and education.”
Mrs Anderton said the combination of music and storytelling will encourage children to communicate.
“This is quite different to anything I’ve seen before, because it’s merging the music with the story, making it engaging and enjoyable,” she said.
Children will be encouraged to interact, question and play with other children and their families.