The Poetry Basket: Poetry Happens Everywhere

Guest Blog: Amanda Belbin ‘Chop Chop, Choppity Chop.’ Since my Nursery Class signed up to The Poetry Basket, the words keep echoing around my head. I came across this amazing poetry resource via Twitter. Having been a Helicopter Stories fan and seeing the impact it had on the communication, language, confidence and imagination of our … Read moreThe Poetry Basket: Poetry Happens Everywhere

It’s Just Pretend – Crossing the Gender Boundary with Helicopter Stories

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

Catching a Story: EAL Learners in the Early Years

“Brrrrrm, Brrrrm, Brrrrm, Brrrrm, Brrrm, chhhhugg chhhuggg chhhugg chhhuuuggg chhuuugg Chuggg chhhhhh eeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkk ahhhhhh…” Hamir aged 5 Hamir is a 5 year old boy I met a couple of years ago in a Reception classroom in Tower Hamlets. His first language was Bengali and he spoke very little English. It was September, and Hamir had … Read moreCatching a Story: EAL Learners in the Early Years

Let The Children Do It: A Helicopter Story Nativity

Guest Blog: Kathryn Stevens Pre-school Teacher, Watermead Day Nursery, Leicestershire “Do a Nativity,” they said. “The parents will love it,” they said. And so we did. We bought a script and rehearsed for hours and hours, during the months of October, November, and December. The whole process was extremely stressful, and I am still not … Read moreLet The Children Do It: A Helicopter Story Nativity

Magic that is older than the hills:

One of the questions I am asked the most about Helicopter Stories is how can we enhance children’s language acquisition if we are scribing their words verbatim? I have always believed that if children grow up in a language rich environment and regularly engage in conversations that are meaningful to them, then their language will … Read moreMagic that is older than the hills:

Helicopter Stories: A wonderful tool for showing amazing progress

Guest Blog: Bonnie Mendoza Head of EYFS – Ark John Keats Academy Bonnie is one of MakeBelieve Arts Helicopter Stories Champions What do Hulk, Paw Patrol, a Unicorn, Mummy, Black Spiderman, a Gorilla, and Goldilocks have in common? Answer: They are all popular features of children’s Helicopter Stories. However, there is so much evidence that … Read moreHelicopter Stories: A wonderful tool for showing amazing progress

No’s and All’s – the very few rules of Helicopter Stories

There are very few rules for Helicopter Stories. It can be adapted to fit within any early years setting and is suitable for children aged 2 to 7. You can work with the whole group, or small groups, inside or outside, weekly, twice weekly, daily, it is entirely up to you. However, there are a … Read moreNo’s and All’s – the very few rules of Helicopter Stories

A Class of Thirty Authors: Helicopter Stories in Year 1

Guest Blog: Shernice Donovan Year 1 Teacher, Rusthall St Paul’s, Kent Back in June 2018, when I found out I would be teaching Year 1 the following year, I was asked to dedicate every Friday morning to Helicopter Stories. This was a concept I knew very little about, only what I had heard from the … Read moreA Class of Thirty Authors: Helicopter Stories in Year 1