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Creative writing and fiction

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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 expert advice as well as fun and engaging creative writing resources to encourage your child to write their own stories and develop their phonics, grammar and reading skills.

Fire your child's imagination with these creative writing resources for your child

Explore a range of unique resources to help your child develop their creative writing skills. Find out how creative writing is taught in school and discover ways to inspire your child to inject that special spark into their story writing. You'll also find worksheets that focus on the creative writing objectives and skills for each school year, including how to structure a story, express character feeling and improving descriptions by adding powerful verbs.

We also have planning frames, story templates and writing tasks for each school year, and if you want even more engaging and in-depth resources to encourage your budding author, download our KS1 and KS2 creative writing toolkits!

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.


Creative writing goblin
What is creative writing?
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.
Child writing a story
6 ways to bring creative writing to life
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.
Girl writing in notebook
Creative writing techniques for kids: a step-by-step guide to writing a story
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.


Understanding fiction and non-fiction texts worksheet
Understanding fiction and non-fiction texts
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.
Planning and writing a story set in an imaginary world worksheet
Planning and writing a story set in an imaginary world
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.
Story structure: beginning, middle and end
Story structure: beginning, middle and end
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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Move over JK Rowling...

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:

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.