Creative writing and fiction
Enjoying a wide range of fiction and being able to write stories are core primary school literacy objectives. In this section you’ll find lots of advice and worksheets to encourage your child to write their own stories, which will help them consolidate their literacy learning by putting their phonics, grammar and reading skills into practice.
You’ll also find out how reading and writing are assessed, what reading schemes are and how to foster a love of reading that will last your child a lifetime.
Children are encouraged to read and write a range of genres in their time at primary school. Each year they will focus on various narrative, non-fiction and poetry units; we explain how story-writing lessons help develop their story structure, grammar and punctuation skills.
Does your child’s writing lack a certain spark? We asked the experts for their top tips for injecting some colour into primary-school children’s prose.
Encouraging children to write a story of their very own can give them an enormous confidence boost, as well as help them consolidate their literacy learning by putting their phonics, grammar and reading skills into practice. Primary teacher Phoebe Doyle offers parents tips on how to get their children’s creative thoughts flowing.
Read these titles and words. Cut them out and put them in two piles, one for things you think belong in a fiction book and one for non-fiction. Ask your mum or dad for help with reading the sentences if you need to.
Green or barren, deserted or populated by amazing creatures – it’s time to enter an imaginary world! Your child will need to write a story set in an environment of their choosing, using the planning frame to help them organise their ideas before they put pen to paper.
Do you remember the story of the Three Little Pigs? Read it with your mum or dad, or tell them the story to remind them! Cut out these sentences below. Can you read the words? Ask an adult for help if you need it. You need to make three piles of sentences: one for the beginning of the story, one for the middle of the story and one for the end.
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Children have such amazing imaginations and make up stories all the time. Encouraging them to write them down can be more of a challenge though! To encourage the budding writer in your home to put pen to paper, why not look at these:
Engaging with English
Created by an early years education expert, the Engaging with English pack will provide you with lively and original ideas to help bring four popular children’s books vividly to life. Whether your child is in the EYFS, KS1 or KS2, these activities are the perfect starting point for turning book-shy children into bookworms.
Storytelling: building the next generation of fiction writers
Encourage budding authors with our KS1 and KS2 creative writing toolkits!
Bursting with fill-in prompt sheets and inspiring ideas to get even the most reluctant writer started, the KS1 Creative Writing Toolkit is the perfect way to encourage children aged 5 to 7 to put pen to paper.
And if your KS2 child longs to write stories, download our KS2 Creative Writing Toolkit, packed with gorgeously-illustrated pages to write on, is what you need to inspire them.
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Find out some useful tips to help you plan your story.
How is a story structured?
Find out why most stories consist of a beginning, a middle and an end.
What is a setting?
Find out what a setting is and how you can use them in your stories.
How to invent a new character
Find out about some of the different questions authors think about when they are inventing new characters.
How to think about your purpose for writing
Find out how your writing can have different purposes depending on the subject you’re writing about or what you want to communicate.
How to write for different audiences
Find out how you should think about the language you use when writing for different audiences.
Find out why it’s important to check your work for errors.
Context for writing
Find out how changing the context can affect your stories.
Types of story
This English article shows how to identify the features of different types of story, also called genres.
Different types of story
An English article on how to identify the features of different types of story, such as science fiction, fairy stories, scary stories and mysteries.
Fiction and non-fiction
In this English article, learn about the difference between fiction and non-fiction writing.
Reading for pleasure
In this English article, learn about what an author does and review your favourite book.
An English article on what a recount is and how to write one of your own.
In this English article, learn how to identify themes in a wide range of stories.
An English article to help identify different genres of writing and choose the most appropriate genre for texts.
How to recognise genres
In this English article, learn how to identify different genres used in writing and choose the most appropriate genre for texts.
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