The Spirits of Stokelake House - Over To You

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Interactive Literacy Teaching

Designed to improve Literacy, this dynamic, interactive Teaching video combines practical classroom activity with embedded Literacy tasks. Teachers using the Over To You videos find they provide enough content for a whole term's topic. The approach has proved to be highly popular with both teachers and students. Feedback can be viewed in the Stokelake Reviews Preview Document.

The Format

Edinburgh Teachers Julie and Louise deliver the animated teaching content as the students watch and listen. Then they will describe an Over To You activity, either practical or written or both, for the students to do.

Class teachers are given notes on the content and the video timeline detail which specifies when to pause the video for an activity.

In addition to drama activities and techniques, writing activities are embedded throughout as task which are an integral part of the storyline. Help screens are provided to aid recall and stimulate ideas.

Class teachers find that this exciting approach motivates students to truly express themselves and importantly to transfer the practical activity into writing.

The video is also a great support for teachers who recognise the power of a dynamic teaching approach but would like some direction to boost their confidence.

The Storyline

Three friends come upon a tumble-down old mansion house which has an amazing tower. They decide to explore. A cobweb strewn parlour leads to a creaky staircase and a long corridor which in turn leads to a spiral stair - to that tower!

Their flashlight flickers on the old walls as they climb up. They find themselves inside the tower room, the door locks itself and they are a bit scared now. Unbelievably before their eyes emerge some strange images - the spirits of the house!

They have a tale to tell as the friends stand listening, spellbound. Will they be allowed to leave or are they now involved in the story that has entrapped the spirits here at Stokelake for all these years?

Key Skills

Drama - Improvisation, Detailed Mime, Thought Tapping, Group Work, Suspense Creation, Hot Seating, Role and Character, Presentation, Completing a story.

Literacty - Using Scripts, writing Story Chapters, Using Prompt Help Screens.

This Over To You Programme motivates and helps students to write a scary, suspenseful story which can be done as caption and picture or narrative.

Terms Of Use


This video is copyrighted. You may use it yourself and with your class, freely adapting and developing the ideas with your students.

Additional Licensing is available for school use.

You cannot edit or copy this video product or give it to anyone else.

Please contact me if you wish to be granted permission to use the video in a particular setting/way.

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