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Ambitious & Inclusive Sensory Story Telling: Joanna Grace (Cancelled)

Reason For Cancellation
Frank Wise School, Hornbeam Close
Course Tutors
Matt McArthur
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Target Audience
EYFS Practitioners / NQTs / SEND Practitioners / Teachers
Course Types
Workshop, Training day, Course
Course Categories
Initial Teacher Training / NQT Induction / Early Career Teachers / Teaching and Learning / Early Years / Special Educational Needs (SEND)
Course Description

This course is aimed at Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Special school teachers, who are looking to:

  • foster the characteristics of effective early learning in their classrooms

  • create enabling environments with rich learning opportunities and stimulating resources

  • support young people to develop a positive sense of their own identity and preferences

Sensory stories are a glorious paradox. They are very simple, but have the capacity to open the world up, and to create opportunities for connection and communication. They are a porthole through which children are enabled to explore - in a sensory way - the richness of culture, history, art, and all the wondrous aspects of being human.

Joanna Grace is an international special educational needs and disabilities consultant, and is the founder of The Sensory Project.

The Sensory Project is based on the idea that with the right knowledge and a little creativity, inexpensive items can become effective tools for inclusion. In all her work Jo seeks to contribute to a world where people are understood in spite of their differences.


OTSA Partner schools can book places for £125 pp (+VAT).


Training Objectives
Learning Outcomes

On this day you will learn:

  • Why we engage the senses, and how doing so supports cognition, communication, memory, learning, concentration, a person's ability to engage and connect, mental health and so much more.

  • How stories permeate life, and are much more than a piece of light entertainment shared at bedtime. They are part of our make up, form our identity, and underpin our relationships with each other. They can teach us, can enable access to different places and spaces, and can even support us medically!

  • The essential elements to a superb sensory story.

  • How to maximise the impact of the sensory experiences you facilitate, both in sensory stories and in any kind of sensory work.

  • How engagement with, and learning from, a sensory story can change over time. What to do to encourage this development and growth.

  • That sensory experiences do not need to be expensive to be effective - you will see how gorgeous communicative experiences can be built from little more than a piece of paper.

  • Leave inspired to create sensory stories of your own!

Additional Information

For more information, visit Joanna's website here.

Sensory tours have also been created for a range of places including Kensington Palace and the London Transport Museum. Some settings have hosted their own sensory story adventures as a result of receiving training including The Sensory Trust's King Edward mine sensory story adventure day and The Lost Gardens of Heligan's sensory telling of the journey of a honey bee. 

Start Date
Friday 27 March 2020
End Date
Friday 27 March 2020
Closing Date
Sunday 22 March 2020
09:00 - 16:00
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