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 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.

Articles

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.

Worksheets

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.

Games

You're trapped! Story writing game
You're trapped! Story writing game

This is not a fairytale... or is it? Try these story writing games and complete Trapped's Wall of Sorrow.

Vocabulary game
Vocabulary game

Play an English vocabulary game with Big Babies' Gonch from CBBC.

Dictionaries game
Dictionaries game

Dictionaries help you to understand what words mean. Words have been scattered all over the Big Babies toy shelf. Help Private Popper to sort them into order

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Girl writing in a notebook

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:

Engaging with English

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.

Creative writing and fiction