One Big Story - There's Something in the Water

The One Big Story pilot project took place in 10 Durham City primary schools from September to November 2012.

Well done and thank you to the schools who took part: Framwellgate Moor Primary School, Bow Durham School, St Godric's RCVA School, Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School, Blue Coat CE Junior School, Shincliffe C of E (Cont) Primary School, Durham Gilesgate Primary School, St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Belmont C of E (Cont) Junior School and Neville's Cross Primary School.


“I think the One Big Story book is absolutely amazing and I can't wait to share it with my family. It has made me want to write more.”

— Year 5 child

“Children are more confident ... More willing to try, more willing to take a risk.”

— Heather Prested, class teacher at Belmont Cheveley Park Primary

“Perfect way to promote writing and literacy skills.”

— Miss Ewing, class teacher at Belmont CE Junior School

“This was an amazing and well executed project... It is a fantastic vision and a really inspiring project. The team are all fantastic.”

— Librarian

“One Big Story is one big imaginative feat.”

— David Leat, Professor of Curriculum Innovation at Newcastle University


Special thanks to our funders:

  • Durham Area Action Partnership
    Durham Area Action Partnership
  • Ernest Cook Trust
    Ernest Cook Trust
  • Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust


If you would like your school to be part of One Big Story, please contact us.

The One Big Story film

There's Something in the Water

Robyn Trainer works on the illustrations

There's Something in the Water

The Book

You can buy your own copy of 'There’s Something in the Water'
from Amazon for £5.