Welcome to MakeBelieve Arts

Towards a Storytelling Curriculum

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
— Albert Einstein

At MakeBelieve Arts we believe in the power of story to develop cognitive abilities, improve literacy, explore emotional functions and engage children with learning. Working with EYFS and KS1 practitioners, we are building towards a storytelling curriculum, through which all children can thrive and grow. We believe that this creativity should continue throughout education, with pupils receiving and delivering storytelling as part of their everyday learning.

The Storytelling Curriculum is made up of:

Helicopter Stories, the flagship of MakeBelieve Arts’ work, is a holistic approach to Early Years and Foundation Stage education, where children make up stories, adults scribe them, and then the class acts them out. This enables children to discover the world around them in their own, very personal way. This approach is suitable for children aged 2 to 7.

Creative Writing, alongside telling and acting out stories, MakeBelieve Arts supports primary-aged children to develop their creative writing, through drama, movement, storytelling and performance both in-class and out.

The Curiosity Conference is our annual Key Stage 2 primary school event where pupils from schools across the country gather to share their creative ideas and curious questions – it’s a conference by children, for children. During the presentations by the pupils themselves, the children’s stories are illustrated in real time by a professional artist, and each year they are joined by a well-known face, such as Sally Gardner in 2017.

And of course, all of this is accompanied by a Rich Story Diet. We read, make up and tell stories to children in all of our sessions.

Stories have the power to affect us physically. They make us weep, they make us laugh and they make us think. There is evidence to show that our brains are hardwired to make sense of the world through story. Storytelling is a fundamentally human thing to do.
— Trisha Lee, Artistic Director, MakeBelieve Arts

We work with children aged 2 to 11 years old, primarily with early years (EYFS) and nursery practitioners, as well as primary school teachers, childminders and parents.

Our patrons are: Vivian Gussin Paley and Michael Rosen

Find out more about our Storytelling Curriculum below...

    HELICOPTER STORIES             CREATIVE WRITING           CURIOSITY CONFERENCE    CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE