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EYFS - Helicopter Stories - Using the Story Telling and Story Acting Approach

Building children’s’ self-confidence, creativity, oral language and literacy skills, using the holistic ‘Helicopter Stories’ approach in EYFS and Key Stage 1


Early Bird Offer - If you book before Friday 13th March you will receive a free copy of Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories (please note if you book after this date you can purchase on the day or pre-order)

Wednesday 22nd April 2020 9 - 9.30am - 3.30pm - reg 9.15am - Castle Primary School, Keynsham

Early years practitioners working with children 2-5 yrs who are keen to support their children’s developing confidence and skills in expressive language. The day is also suitable for KS1 practitioners who would like to increase opportunities for children to build their oral narrative skills in preparation for writing.

Please bring your own lunch - refreshments will be provided.


Are you looking for a new way to strengthen your children’s self-confidence, creativity, oral language and literacy skills? The Helicopter Stories/ Story Scribing approach:

  • is an inclusive whole class approach to learning that values every child’s contribution.
  • engages creativity, boosts self confidence and improves speaking and listening skills
  • promotes collaborative learning in a supportive, safe environment
  • allows children to explore the power of words, forming a bridge into the world of writing

This is practical, inspiring day learning about the benefits of writing down and sharing children’s own oral stories and how to run effective story telling and story acting sessions with your children. The day is led by Trisha Lee from Make Believe Arts. Trisha has written a widely acclaimed guide to story scribing, ‘Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories’, shortlisted for UKLA academic book of the year. The day includes an opportunity to see Trisha modelling the Helicopter Stories approach in action with a group of 4-5 year olds. Trisha’s confident promise is that: “My guarantee with training is that everyone leaves able to deliver the approach the next day.”

Trisha has led full very successful days with us in December 2017 & May 2018 and we are delighted to welcome her back again and to be able to offer this opportunity to more people. Feedback has been very positive e.g.
“I really enjoyed this story training session and it has given me a lot of ideas to try with the children and practitioners in my setting. I also found it really interesting in learning about the theory and loved seeing it in practice with the children.” and it was “All great – all fantastic ideas, information and how to present it. Want to try it all in my Year 1 class now!”

Please note for confirmation for full details of your booking you will be sent an additional email from Early Years Team.


Practitioners will learn how scribing and sharing children’s stories particularly benefits children’s Personal, Social and Emotional, Communication and Language and writing development.
Practitioners will leave the day with knowledge of the practical skills needed to run this approach with their own children.
Through scribing children’s stories through the year, practitioners will gather clear evidence of children’s individual developing voices.
Links to PSED, C&L, Writing, EAD

Booking Information

If you would like to book places please contact donna_biddlecombe@bathnes.gov.uk.

Certificates will be emailed to the delegate.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Please bring your own cup/water bottle with you as we are reducing the use of disposable cups.
Please bring your own lunch.


Early years practitioners working with children 2-5 yrs.

22 Apr 2020 09:15 - 15:00

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Early Years Foundation Stage Team
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Date and Time

22 Apr 2020 09:15 - 15:00


Castle Primary School, Keynsham


Julie Eden
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