This is just a little guidance on how you can support them and encourage a more structured approach to their story writing. If they do have a firm idea of where they want to go with the plot, though, they can create an outline by completing a story planner, which could look something like this: Ask your child who is going to be in the story.
Firstly, ask your child where the story is going to take place. How do they want their readers to feel about each character? You could make a table for them to help them organise their thoughts, with these headings: Ask your child to think of some fabulous words to use in their story writing.
The way literacy is taught in primary schools has changed radically in the last couple of decades; when I was at school in the 80s we copied from blackboards, had whole hours of handwriting practice and sweated over spellings without any formal teaching of phonics whatsoever.
While I think the more structured approach to literacy teaching we see in classrooms today makes learning more fun and accessible, my one worry is that there’s little time left for writing creatively.
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We also recommend the free art and creative writing challenges on the Night Zookeeper website; your child will be contributing to a co-created animated television show.
You could also try a great story-making app and get your child writing fiction on their tablet!
It could be somewhere fictional or real, it could be a planet, a country, a town or a house – anywhere! They might be long words or simple ones, or they might be great descriptive words or words that help create pace and tension.
Encourage them to jot these down and refer to the list as they write their story.