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Minibeast Stories from Kemsley Primary Academy

Our minibeast theme during the summer term provoked lots of stories from the children in Cherry class.

Some of the children decided to create a story as part of a group when they were sat together at snack time:

The spider and the pretty butterfly

The spider founded a butterfly in the big broccoli tree. They spin webs. The butterfly flies and takes the spider home to the bush. They play hide and seek then they get in the bath of leaves and bubbles. They dry themselves and then they say goodbye.

The butterfly goes home into his cocoon and eats his dinner, he eats steak pie and gravy.

Lily the butterfly met a spider called Jack on a leaf. They get married, the girl will wear some clothes and the boy will wear some marrying clothes. Then they will marry. They will go on the stage. They will dance on the stage and make a spider web, people will come and break it.

Kemsley Primary Academy spread the approach far and wide!

The spring term has been a busy one for Kemsley Primary Academy. News of Helicopter story acting and story telling seems to have been spreading in Kent and we have hosted visits from colleagues from schools in Maidstone and Deal. All our visitors went away with enthusiastic plans to start to develop the technique in their schools. We have also received an email from colleagues at a kindergarten in Washington USA who are planning a visit in the summer to find out more about Helicopter, exciting times!

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Closer to home the new starters in our nursery have enjoyed their experiences of storytelling and acting and we recently shared these with some of our families when they were invited in for sharing sessions as part of our parent consultation week.

Here are some of the stories told by some of the children last term.

“One day a lion was in the jungle and he looked behind the long grass and when he looked he seen five cows. The lion was going to eat all the cows. When the cows saw him they went in the house but one cow carried on playing, then the lion ate the last cow.”

By Habiba*

“Once upon a time there was a queen called Gemma and there was a king called Kevin and there is a little baby princess called Elsa and the sister is called Elsa and there’s another sister called Elsa.

A baddie comes and tries to take the sisters and the baby. Gemma and Kevin fight the baddie and then the baddie is dead….the end.”

By Sarah*

“Two trains were heading towards each other. They jack knifed and bashed up. Then there was a London train coming into the platform and there’s a Sheerness train coming that doesn’t have any coaches”

By Ben*

*names have been changed to protect their identity

Kemsley’s New Interactive Helicopter Reading Area

Both reception and nursery at Kemsley have been developing the reading areas in their classrooms.

We have made them interactive by creating books using the children’s helicopter stories, so the children can continue to share and enjoy the stories they have created during their play.

Take a look at the slideshow below to see how it looks …




Stories from Kemsley Primary Academy

by Vicky Frank, EYFS Leader


We have been working with a local author recently, reading some of his books and the older children have taken part in story writing competitions. He has also been creating some unique illustrations for us to display in school.

We used one of them as a stimulus for oral story telling in the nursery and then acted out the stories around the stage.


There is an elephant, he crashes into the tree and then all the fruit falls down. He puts it back on the tree again and then a little mouse came and he had a little tail that was like a snake. He climbs up the tree and the elephant runs away because he was scared of the mouse. He was standing on a rock. The elephant gets lost and then the mouse finded him and the elephant runned into the woods and then he saw a lion. The lion was scared and he climbed up the tree. The the lion hided in a bush and then the elephant jumped off the rock and he runs to the river and he drinks the water.

By R


There was an elephant and a mouse and a dragon flying up in the sky. Then the dragon came down and said

“Hello nice to meet you, you’re very nice, I’ll see you again soon”

The elephant and the mouse were walking along to find the dragon and the dragon flyed really high so they couldn’t catch him. The mouse boinged really high and caught the dragon and the dragon said

“Ok I’ll be nice to you”

By G


The elephant and the mouse are talking near the trees. They eat food, they eat pizza. They’re tired, they fall asleep.

By S


The elephant and the mouse are in the jungle, in the trees. The elephant is happy because the is his friend. They go play with a red ball. They play in the trees, they see some tigers and lions and hippos. They’re scary.

The tiger climbs up the tree. They both scared, they run away really fast.

By N and R