Guest Blog: Sally Veale Vice Principal – Ashgrove Academy Cheshire Sally is one of MakeBelieve Arts Helicopter Stories Champions I am in the very privileged position of being a school-based Helicopter Stories practitioner at Ash Grove Academy in Macclesfield, as well as a MakeBelieve Arts Helicopter Stories Champion. I have been using Helicopter Stories with … Read moreIt’s Just Pretend – Crossing the Gender Boundary with Helicopter Stories
I am often asked about List Stories, and how to act them out. Naming a list of characters or objects is often one of the first stages of storytelling. The moment I realise I am being told a list story I write each character/object on a separate line, like a list. For children who want … Read moreList Stories: How do we act them out?
At the beginning of a new academic year, I am often asked, ‘When is a good time to start Helicopter Stories?’ As schools and settings are meeting new children and settling them in, it can be hard to imagine how to get started. But my answer is always – As soon as possible. Helicopter Stories … Read moreHearts beating as one…
Yesterday I visited a nursery where the Helicopter Stories approach had not been working. The moment I got the email about the setting, I knew I had to visit. The idea that Helicopter Stories might not work for a group of children was too difficult for me to grasp. I booked my visit for the … Read moreLeading the Acting Out – Asks