COVID-19 has brought about an enormous amount of change in a short space of time. Being out of school, unable to see their friends, teachers, and out of their usual routines, is likely to have been difficult for many young people.   

With a focus on supporting children’s emotional resilienceour digital storytelling project is a wonderful resource for inclusion in a recovery curriculum, supporting children and staff to reconnect and transition back into formal learning through shared creative experiences. 

The project was initially developed at the start of lockdown to support Year 3 & 4 pupils of Ford Hugh Joicey C of E First School, Lowick C of E First School and Norham St Ceolwulf’s C of E First School, and involved both children who were learning at home, and the children of key workers attending school.   

Following the success of this project are delighted to be able to offer Lost,Found & Told to First and Primary Schools from September 2020.

"We have been really impressed with how this project has worked for our children.  It has brought alive the beauty of creative and imaginative storytelling.  The children have risen to the challenge and engaged brilliantly in so many different individual ways.  November Club have been a pleasure to work with - thoughtful, enthusiastic and efficient.  It's wonderful to see them share their artistic expertise and get the children so engaged."                                                               

- Rebecca Simpson, Headteacher, Lowick Church of England First School

About the Project 

Lost, Found & Told Digital Storytelling Project - A white owl flies with wings outstretched in a black sky with a golden crescent moon. © Hannah Fox/November Club

A series of 5 original films use animation, storytelling and music to tell the story of How the Forest Came to Be.  It involves a Hob (a Northumbrian Goblin), a Pele Tower, and two brothers called Ford and Etal.   

The story explores change, coping and resilience, friendship and adventure; what challenges we face during times of change, how we respond to these, and how we can support each other. 

Each film is accompanied by a creative activity ranging from creative writing, music, visual art, craft/making and sculpture.  Reading, writing, speaking and listening are woven throughout the activities to support children’s language and vocabulary. 

The project resources are digital and accessed via the November Club website, so can be completed in a timescale that suits your setting.  We recommend a minimum of 5 days, and a maximum of 5 weeks.  The resources will be available for the full 2020-21 academic year. 

The project has been developed for Years 3 and 4, but schools could adapt it in line with the needs of their own pupils for use in KS1 and upper KS2.

Here you can preview Part 1 - The Hob and view the activity that accompanies it.

"The children thoroughly enjoyed the project and gained so much from it.  It not only supported transition both in returning to school after so long and for those children moving onto middle school, but it was a great way to engage them with learning in literacy and PSHE.  So many benefits for our children."                                                                                           

- Sarah Jones, Headteacher, Norham St Ceolwulf's Church of England First School

Flexibility Delivery in School or at Home

We understand that this is a period of flux for schools, with individual children, teachers or whole bubbles potentially needing to isolate for up to 14 days at a time. 

We can minimise disruption by providing a project login you can share with parents if required, so children can continue viewing the films at home.  We have also developed two sets of creative activities, one for delivery in-school with teacher support, and one for children to complete at home with parental support. 

Both these features mean that if individual children need to isolate part-way through the project, they can access the activity at home and not miss out, or if a whole bubble needs to isolate you can keep up the momentum and flow of the project, without needing to pause or stop completely.

Alternatively, the project could be accessed entirely from home by individual or whole bubbles of children as a creative project for them to complete during isolation.

Arts Award Discover 

The creative activities will also enable the children to work towards achieving Arts Award Discover.  

Arts Award is a set of awards for children and young people aged 25 and under that gets them involved in and excited about arts and culture, and celebrates their creative achievements. 

Arts Award Discover is an introductory award that supports children to: 

  • develop a basic understanding of the arts 
  • take part in arts activities 
  • research artists or craftspeople and their work 
  • develop a basic understanding of communication, and share their arts discoveries 

For schools wanting to support their pupils to achieve the award, a bespoke Lost, Found and Told Discover Arts Award Logbook will be provided enabling children to reflect on their creative experiences, capture their learning journey and complete additional activities in order to achieve the award. 

November Club is a registered Arts Award Centre and will manage the assessment and moderation of this work. Our resources have been developed by our Participation Producer, Louise Taylor-Asheg, who is a trained Arts Award Advisor.  We will provide a Discover Arts Award Guide for teaching staff so they can support children in completing their logbooks, and we can provide video guides for each part of the award in the event of children working on it at home during isolation.

" Zoe has another piece of the story so shhhhh everyone, we don't want to miss anything"                                 - KS2 Pupil at Norham St Ceolwulf's Church of England First School

Lost, Found & Told Packages

Lost, Found & Told Storytelling Package 

Registration Fee: £75 

Cost per pupil: £3 

Resources include: 

  • Access to a members only project website for the academic year 2020-21 
  • 5 online films  
  • 5 downloadable pdf in-school activities
  • 5 downloadable pdf home activities
  • Downloadable monitoring & evaluation framework & templates to measure the impact of the project on pupil's well-being.

 
Lost, Found & Told Arts Award Discover 

Cost per pupil: £12 

Resources include: 

  • Professionally printed Lost, Found & Told Arts Award logbook for each child
  • An Arts Award guide for teaching staff 
  • Arts Award Discover enrolment spreadsheet 
  • Completion certificate from Trinity College London 
  • Support from our Participation Producer via email, telephone or video call
  • Assessment and administration of the award by November Club.

"We would recommend the Lost and Found project as a great opportunity for the children to explore their creativity in new ways. The resources are professional but accessible and the admin support has been thorough and helpful. We are looking forward to repeating the project in September with children returning after a long absence to break the ice, build confidence and to connect with one another."                                                                                                                            

- Jacqueline Dalrymple, Headteacher, Hugh Joicey Church of England First School

How to get involved

To register for the project please sign up via this online form.  We will ask you to provide: 

  • School name;
  • Name & email of lead contact;
  • Name/s of teaching staff who will need access to the project web page; 
  • General [email protected] or [email protected] email address for home-schooling access (optional);
  • Number of pupils participating in the storytelling package; 
  • Number of pupils participating in the Arts Award package; 
  • Name, address and email for invoicing; 
  • If your school/LEA operates a PO system, what information November Club will need to provide in order for it to be issued. 
     

The form will include the Terms & Conditions for the project, which you can also download here.

If you have any queries before registering, we’ll be very happy to answer them via email or arrange a phone conversation. Please contact our Participation Producer Louise Taylor-Asheg on [email protected].   


Credits:

Original story written by Fiona Ellis:
Adapted by Hannah Fox and Zoe Lambert
Directed and animated by Hannah Fox
Narrated by Zoe Lambert
Music by Hans Troost

Partners:

Norham St Ceolwulfs Church of England First School
Lowick Church of England First School  
Hugh Joicey Church of England Aided First School, Ford

Supported by:

     Hadrian Trust - a logo with Hadrian written in white on a black background, and Trust written in black on a white background.

Banner Image © Hannah Fox