A Helicopter Stories programme
MakeBelieve Arts delivers creative writing programs for 6 to 11 year olds, based on an adaption of Helicopter Stories, alongside drama, storytelling, music and movement.
Here are some of the creative writing programmes we have delivered in partnership with Paper Nations.
Tell Me A Dragon:
When dragon’s eggs are found in the school playground, children have the opportunity to explore through music and movement what it feels like to crack out of an egg and fly across the countryside. Traveling through the senses, they create a word bank of ideas. Incorporating the picture book, Tell Me a Dragon, by Jackie Morris, the children create their own dragon descriptions.
Starting with Setting:
Starting with the picture book, A Child of Books by Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers. the children used their bodies to create a variety of locations, i.e. a forest, a seaside, a haunted house. They act inside a taped-out stage, exploring what it feels like to walk through these places. Soundscapes are used to create atmosphere - the wind through the trees, the sea during a storm. Then the children paint their setting, and work on the opening paragraphs for their story.
The children explore character descriptions from a variety of stories, and use music and movement to look at how different emotions effect how we move. How does a character hold their body when they are happy, or sad, what do they do physically when they are angry or afraid?
The children choose a character from a photograph, and create their own character description that are cut out and stuck onto the photo.
What is a story? A character wants something, something gets in the way. The character overcomes it. Children begin to look at their stories through this premise. What does their character want? Who tries to stop them and how do they get past the obstacles and obtain their dream?
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