London, April 30 (ANI): A new British survey conducted on teachers has revealed that more than half of the students of their class have never been read a bedtime story.
Researchers believe that not telling stories to children at home hampers their writing abilities, reports The Scotsman.
Poll statistics revealed that 55.7 per cent of primary school teachers have taught children who have never been read a bedtime story in their homes.
The Oxford University Press survey of 300 teachers also came to the conclusion that 72 per cent of the teachers believed that primary pupils were less able to tell stories than ten years ago.
"To develop children as writers, reading is absolutely essential. Every teacher knows the best writers, the most proficient writers, are always readers," literary expert and former primary head teacher Pie Corbett said.
"It not only gives children language, it develops their imaginations. Storytelling is also hugely important, as the ability to tell a story is developed by building up a bank of well-known tales to draw upon," Corbett added.
"Narrative is a necessary, primary act of mind and natural to all human beings - we are all story-makers whether we like it or not," Corbett informed. (ANI)