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Make Believe Arts – Helicopter Stories Workshops for Schools


Specifications
Location(s)Wiltshire & Surrounding Counties
Key StagesEYFS, KS1
Special SchoolsYes
Public Liability
Enhanced DBSYes
FeesPlease contact us with details of your requirements
Administration Service Administered by third-party Administrator
Website https://www.makebelievearts.co.uk/

More about this Workshop/Service and the Provider

At MakeBelieve Arts we believe in the power of story to develop cognitive abilities, improve literacy, explore emotional functions and engage children with learning. Working with EYFS and KS1 practitioners, we are building towards a storytelling curriculum, through which all children can thrive and grow. We believe that this creativity should continue throughout education, with pupils receiving and delivering storytelling as part of their everyday learning.

The Storytelling Curriculum is made up of:

Helicopter Stories, the flagship of MakeBelieve Arts’ work, is a holistic approach to Early Years and Foundation Stage education, where children make up stories, adults scribe them, and then the class acts them out. This enables children to discover the world around them in their own, very personal way. This approach is suitable for children aged 2 to 7.

Creative Writing, alongside telling and acting out stories, MakeBelieve Arts supports primary-aged children to develop their creative writing, through drama, movement, storytelling and performance both in-class and out.

The Curiosity Conference is our annual Key Stage 2 primary school event where pupils from schools across the country gather to share their creative ideas and curious questions – it’s a conference by children, for children. During the presentations by the pupils themselves, the children’s stories are illustrated in real time by a professional artist, and each year they are joined by a well-known face, such as Sally Gardner in 2017.

And of course, all of this is accompanied by a Rich Story Diet. We read, make up and tell stories to children in all of our sessions.

Helicopter Stories: Letting Imagination Fly

What is Helicopter Stories?

Helicopter Stories is an Early Years, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 approach to communication and literacy skills based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of our patron Vivian Gussin Paley. MakeBelieve Arts has been pioneering this work in the UK since its conception in 2002. It forms part of our Storytelling Curriculum.

Helicopter Stories: Letting Imagination Fly

What is Helicopter Stories?

Helicopter Stories is an Early Years, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 approach to communication and literacy skills based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of our patron Vivian Gussin Paley. MakeBelieve Arts has been pioneering this work in the UK since its conception in 2002. It forms part of our Storytelling Curriculum.

In its simplest form, Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down verbatim, exactly as they are told, by an EYFS or Key Stage 1 practitioner. The children then gather around a taped out stage and the stories are acted out.

Alongside the simplicity of this approach is an ethos that is child-centred, creating a culture of curiosity and wonder at the dexterity of children’s imaginings during both the telling and the acting out of their stories.

This holistic approach uses the power of storytelling to develop key curriculum areas such as creativity, communication and language, personal, social and emotional skills in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classroom, giving children's stories a voice in a safe space.

The Benefits:

  • An inclusive, whole-class approach which values every child’s contribution;
  • Facilitates high levels of engagement;
  • Creates confidence and self-assurance;
  • Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas;
  • Helps to develop accurate, active listening skills and understanding;
  • Supports co-operative and collaborative and creative learning;
  • Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience;
  • Allows children to explore early literacy and the power of words as they see their stories come to life, and develop their ability to use and adapt language to communicate;
  • Offers children a bridge into the world of creative writing as they begin to see the links between the oral stories they compose and the words on a page.
  • MakeBelieve Arts offers:  INSETS, Keynotes, in-class sessions and workshops with Parents. We work with Local Authorities, Early Years Settings, Nurseries and Primary Schools


Testimonials


"Helicopter Stories gives you a lot of information about the child as they’re dictating to you,showing you how they feel and how they’re doing.”
Helen James, Chisenhale Primary School

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