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 more 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 more It’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 more Catching 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 more Let 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 more Magic 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 more Helicopter Stories: A wonderful tool for showing amazing progress