In the first of an ongoing ‘10 tips’ series, we’re kicking off with 10 tips for creative writing in primary schools. These tips were originally put together by expert Alyson Morris, and published on our old (now archived) website.
Creative writing is something we can all agree is an essential part of education that has trackable benefits through all of the key stages, from using your imagination to create your first character, to picturing a problem-solving process. We’ve condensed Alyson’s top tips for the primary classroom, and included a handy poster (which you can download and print for free!).
- Write about the things you know.
- Make a list of story ideas and choose your favourite.
- Choose the best setting for your story. A bedroom, a garden, a school? Think about why it is the best setting. Draw it and write a description.
- Make a list of characters and their names, and choose who will be your main character. Think about why they are your main character. Draw them and write a description.
- Get to know your character. What do they look like? What makes them happy, sad, and angry? What is their problem to solve, and what gets in the way?
- Make a list of the things that happen in your story.
- Start writing. If you get stuck, close your eyes and watch what your characters do next (let your imagination show you).
- When you finish, make sure you have included your descriptions so that your readers will be able to imagine what things look like.
- Read your story aloud. This will help you write better sentences.
- Show your stories to others and find out what they like or dislike about it, so you can make it even better.
Are there any tips you’ve found particularly inspiring for KS1-KS2 pupils? If you find these tips useful, we’d love to see pictures of your posters in the classroom!