Training / Event Details


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


Trisha Lee from Make Believe Arts (Jane Southwell from EY team)

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.

This will include lunch and a copy of Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories by Trisha Lee.


Thursday 17th May 2018 - 9.15am - 3.15pm - Somerdale Primary Academy, Keynsham

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 led a full and very successful day with us in December 2017 and we are delighted to welcome her back and be able to offer this opportunity to more people. Feedback from that day was 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!”


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, CL , writing, EAD

Booking Information

Please contact Donna Biddlecombe on 01225 394426 or


Early years practitioners working with children 2-5 yrs.

17 May 2018 09:15 - 15:15

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Early Years Foundation Stage Team
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Date and Time

17 May 2018 09:15 - 15:15


Somerdale Primary Academy, Keynsham


Julie Eden