• Alex Buxton

Keep your eyes peeled!

We are almost half way in our collection of 600 language samples. We’ve heard lots of great story retelling samples from children across and UK and some great answers to the questions we ask them about the story.  One of the interesting questions we ask is “What is a good name for the story?” after they have read it.  There are a few titles that children have come up with quite a lot: Tom & Suzy’s Adventure,  Pirate Island and Treasure Island!

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. If your child would like one of our special pencil cases or badges, do drop us an email at and we’ll send one out.

When you are on your adventures this week in your local area, keep your eyes peeled for our very special posters which are located on over 400 bus shelters around the country, thanks to JC Decaux as part of a great prize we won for the project back in 2018 with Virgin Media Business!  The posters ask people to “Tell one story now. Help thousands of children tomorrow”. The designers hoped to evoke the atmosphere of storytime at home and the adventure that storytelling can take you on.  Creating a poster that gathers interest from people passing by has been an interesting experience.

*If you spot one on your travels, please take a selfie with it and post it on twitter with the hashtag #languageexplorer

Here’s a reminder of how you can help us reach our target of 600 participants:

  1. Parents of children 4;0-7;11 can download the app on PlayStore or AppStore

  2. Fill in their anonymised details and retell the story in the app and answer some questions. It takes about 10-15 minutes all up.

  3.  Post your selfie with the bus shelter posters on twitter with hashtag #languageexplorer

  4. Share the website with schools, nurseries and parent groups (


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