During this week children would be consolidating their learning of phonics and be ‘writing for purpose’, considering carefully the aspects of story and who their audience might be.
It may very well be that your children write stories at home regardless of whether they’re required to for school, because most children have a seemingly natural urge to want to do so from time to time. Remember that this doesn’t have to be accurate and they don’t have to stick to what they say; many of the best writers say that their plots develop organically as they write.
Once they’ve got all of these ideas in place, they can start writing.
They could do a draft in the first instance and then a neat, polished version later.
All writers know that you’ve got to capture the attention of your readers right from the start; you want to make them desperate to read on.
Ask your child to think of some good story openers that’ll entice people to find out more.
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.
Here are a few examples: First sentences that are mysterious…Molly had no sense of the day that lay ahead.
Story starters that use language tricks like alliteration…It was damp, dark and dreadfully dusty when Molly entered the house.