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Writing - worksheets

Here are suggestions and ideas on ways to inspire your child to enjoy writing in its various forms. We start with emergent writing and move on to more advanced planning up to writing about Shakespeare. Most of the early writing skills will progress from colouring, to pencil skills, and then to pen. Children should use computer skills to enhance their work at all stages. At the bottom of the writing page we have added some fiction ideas as the reading of books and poetry helps stimulate the imagination, increase vocabulary and gives ideas for the different forms of story writing needed as children approach secondary school and beyond.

The worksheets featured are examples of the wide range of English advice and guidance available to members of Parents in Touch.

Emergent writing

Emergent writing refers to a child's early attempts to use print in a meaningful way. It helps children master some of the skills needed to learn to read and write.All these pages arise from adults and children talking together about a story or nursery rhyme. Reading stories to your child helps their concentration and imagination. Your child's vocabulary and writing skills can be improved by creating a different story on a theme.

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 Help your child have fun writing
Help your child have fun writing
 Ideas for FS writing
Ideas for FS writing
 Our cafe - thoughts for parents
Our cafe - thoughts for parents

Development of reading, writing and understanding

Here are some ideas to help you inspire your child. It is often a good idea to spend some time to discuss ideas before they put pen to paper. This can be fun and the children need to feel very proud of the outcomes.

 Patterned language
Patterned language
 KS1 English revision paper Dragons
KS1 English revision paper Dragons
 Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
 Tom's diary-writing
Tom's diary-writing
 Learning to write in sentences
Learning to write in sentences
 Fish in the sea-Key stage 1 writing task
Fish in the sea-Key stage 1 writing task
 KS1 writing task Patch's diary
KS1 writing task Patch's diary
 English ideas for Year 1
English ideas for Year 1
 Writing - teaching
Writing - teaching
 Writing tasks at KS1
Writing tasks at KS1
 Big writing
Big writing
 Christmas writing for Years 1 and 2
Christmas writing for Years 1 and 2
 Two little kittens writing exercise for KS1
Two little kittens writing exercise for KS1
 How to stimulate your child to write stories
How to stimulate your child to write stories
 Help writing narrative stories
Help writing narrative stories
 Sentences KS1
Sentences KS1
 Fill in the missing words
Fill in the missing words
 Write a sentence about each picture
Write a sentence about each picture
 Words for all
Words for all
 Using vocabulary
Using vocabulary
 Writing exciting sentences
Writing exciting sentences
   

Story ideas

The story ideas below are included to encourage the ability to describe and convey feelings, emotions and imagination through different forms of creative writing.

 Write this story about a cat
Write this story about a cat
 The fireman story
The fireman story
 Party stories - story writing
Party stories - story writing
 Up in the sky storyboard
Up in the sky storyboard
 Mind maps and how to use them
Mind maps and how to use them
 Jungle adventure writing
Jungle adventure writing
 Under the sea storyboard
Under the sea storyboard
 Thank you letter
Thank you letter
 Write a pirate story
Write a pirate story
 The story board of animals
The story board of animals
 Storymat 5
Storymat 5
 Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
 Helpful, helpful, helpful - KS 1
Helpful, helpful, helpful - KS 1
 Happy, happy, happy - Key stage1 creative writing
Happy, happy, happy - Key stage1 creative writing
 Eating, eating, eating - story writing
Eating, eating, eating - story writing
 Laugh, laugh, laugh - writing story
Laugh, laugh, laugh - writing story
 Writing ideas for Year 2
Writing ideas for Year 2
 Brainstorming words
Brainstorming words
 Little Red Hen writing topic
Little Red Hen writing topic
 Comprehension on a new popular hobby
Comprehension on a new popular hobby
 Story writing tips
Story writing tips
 Story starter - the monster
Story starter - the monster
 Planning story writing
Planning story writing
 Writing tips from children's authors
Writing tips from children's authors
 Suggestions for story writing KS1
Suggestions for story writing KS1
 Think about your story
Think about your story
 Colourful sentences for KS1
Colourful sentences for KS1
 Writing character description
Writing character description
 Can you tell this story KS1
Can you tell this story KS1
 Complete the sentences KS1
Complete the sentences KS1

English exercises

 KS1 exercise in English
KS1 exercise in English
 A shorter writing task with guidelines
A shorter writing task with guidelines
 Shorter writing task Year 3-mice
Shorter writing task Year 3-mice
 KS1 English longer writing task 2
KS1 English longer writing task 2
 KS1 Longer writing task 2 - the best game
KS1 Longer writing task 2 - the best game
 Choose the correct word
Choose the correct word
 Plural and opposite words KS1
Plural and opposite words KS1
 Writing a book review
Writing a book review
 Year 3 English practice
Year 3 English practice
 KS2 English comprehension and essay revision
KS2 English comprehension and essay revision
 Vocabulary paper for Year 5
Vocabulary paper for Year 5
 Vocabulary paper for Year 3
Vocabulary paper for Year 3
 Words, words, words
Words, words, words
 Recount text
Recount text
 Character profile writing
Character profile writing
 Creative writing: decsribe a painting
Creative writing: decsribe a painting
 Setting the scene writing
Setting the scene writing
 Writing a balanced argument
Writing a balanced argument
 The thunderstorm
The thunderstorm
 Brighten up your writing
Brighten up your writing
 

Big Writing and VCOP

Many more resources can be found through the Worksheet Finder.
 VCOP information and explanation
VCOP information and explanation
 Word wall activities
Word wall activities
 VCOP vocabulary
VCOP vocabulary
 Wow words
Wow words

Poetry helps writing skills too. See our poetry worksheets.

More story writing ideas

Below we have included a selection of ideas, headings, and beginnings of stories to encourage use of imagination, increase your child's range of vocabulary and to enjoy story writing.

 My space journal
My space journal
 My amazing journey -story writing
My amazing journey -story writing
 Story starter 5-the inventor
Story starter 5-the inventor
 How shopping habits have changed
How shopping habits have changed
 Story starter 2
Story starter 2
 Story starter 3
Story starter 3
 Story starter 4
Story starter 4
 Planet Dartius-story writing
Planet Dartius-story writing
 Revision English KS2 story writing
Revision English KS2 story writing
 Story ideas for 8, 9 & 10 year olds
Story ideas for 8, 9 & 10 year olds
 KS2 specimen English exam 2007
KS2 specimen English exam 2007
 A longer writing task KS2 with guidelines
A longer writing task KS2 with guidelines
 Key stage 2 shorter writing task
Key stage 2 shorter writing task
 Year 3 optional English reading paper
Year 3 optional English reading paper
 A Pacific island
A Pacific island
 Mercury and the axe-comprehension
Mercury and the axe-comprehension
 Working with others
Working with others
 KS2 English SATS-type Animals
KS2 English SATS-type Animals
 Revision tips on story wrting
Revision tips on story wrting
 Letters from around the world
Letters from around the world
 Creative writing: stories with a moral
Creative writing: stories with a moral
 Descriptive writing - characters
Descriptive writing - characters
 Writing an essay
Writing an essay
 Peter Pan creative writing ideas
Peter Pan creative writing ideas
 If I had wings story writing
If I had wings story writing
 Punctuating and story writing worksheet
Punctuating and story writing worksheet
 Personification worksheet for KS2
Personification worksheet for KS2
 Ideas for story writing for KS2
Ideas for story writing for KS2
 Story writing - setting
Story writing - setting
 Colourful writing
Colourful writing
 Word quiz KS2
Word quiz KS2
 Word meanings Year 3
Word meanings Year 3

Some children think logically and therefore find factual writing easier than creative. It is necessary to be able to do both, so we have included some factual writing examples below.

 Thank you letter
Thank you letter
 Letter writing
Letter writing
 The Egyptian Echo
The Egyptian Echo
 Book review 2
Book review 2
 A shorter writing task with guidelines
A shorter writing task with guidelines
 How to make a cheese sandwich
How to make a cheese sandwich
 School match report
School match report
 Persuasive writing
Persuasive writing
 How to make a cup of tea
How to make a cup of tea
 Persuasion and discussion texts
Persuasion and discussion texts
 Magazine for teenagers
Magazine for teenagers
 Improve your writing style KS3 and 4
Improve your writing style KS3 and 4
 Thoughts and planning of stories
Thoughts and planning of stories
 Letter writing topic
Letter writing topic
 If I had wings story writing
If I had wings story writing
 Writing a newspaper report
Writing a newspaper report
 Writng a recount text for Years 3 and 4
Writng a recount text for Years 3 and 4
 Writing an instruction text
Writing an instruction text
 Non fiction writing revision Year 6
Non fiction writing revision Year 6
 Non fiction writing practice questions Year 6
Non fiction writing practice questions Year 6
 Story writing ideas
Story writing ideas
 Formal or informal writing
Formal or informal writing
 How to write a summary
How to write a summary
 Non fiction writing for KS2
Non fiction writing for KS2
 Setting out an information text
Setting out an information text

Children often enjoy writing postcards and actually posting them!

 Postcards for you to send
Postcards for you to send
 Postcard about new pet
Postcard about new pet
 Postcard for school trip
Postcard for school trip
 Postcard on Camping trip
Postcard on Camping trip
 Postcard to Grandmother
Postcard to Grandmother

Fiction

Here are some passages from well known fiction books which can be used to encourage reading and understanding.

 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
 The machine gunners
The machine gunners
 Lord of the flies
Lord of the flies
 Charlotte's web
Charlotte's web
 The wreck of the Zanzibar
The wreck of the Zanzibar
 Bill's new frock
Bill's new frock
 Charlie and the chocolate factory
Charlie and the chocolate factory
 Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger
 Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
 Katie Morag
Katie Morag
 Grandpa Chatterji
Grandpa Chatterji
 Goodnight Mr Tom
Goodnight Mr Tom
 Tom's midnight garden
Tom's midnight garden
 The wind in the willows
The wind in the willows
 Roald Dahl activities
Roald Dahl activities
 Street Child
Street Child
 The midnight fox
The midnight fox
 There's a boy in the girls' bathroom
There's a boy in the girls' bathroom
 The angel of Nitshill Road
The angel of Nitshill Road

 

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Tutor Master Books

The author and independent publisher David Malindine brings twenty years of teaching experience to the creation of the Tutor Master helps you ... series of books. With a career background focused on curriculum development a principal aim has been to produce titles that are child friendly and accessible, easy to use and which promote independent learning.
Tutor Master helps you Write Stories Book One
ISBN: 978-0-9555909-0-0     £4.99                           (48 pages)
This book aims to support the development of independent writing by providing frameworks to stimulate ideas for story writing. Twenty different story plans are included to get young writers started as well as basic advice on story writing techniques. A principal aim is to develop the confidence of students to value and tell their own stories.
Book One covers these aspects of story writing.
Parts of Speech - the jobs that words do in sentences
The aim being to help children understand how to use certain words appropriately
Feelings bank
Children often experience difficulty in expressing their feelings about themselves or the characters in their stories.  The "feelings bank" gives them ideas.  (Examiners are looking particularly to see if children are able to express themselves in this way.)
The ingredients of a good story
Eleven key pointers are included so that children are aware of the things they need to do when writing stories.  (Examiners are particularly looking to see that children are able to punctuate direct speech - this is covered here.)
Story plans
There are 20 of these.  They provide different ideas that provide a structured framework to stimulate ideas for stories.  The technique developed is to encourage young writers to value their own experiences as the basis for their stories.
 
Tutor Master helps you Write Stories Book Two
ISBN: 978-0-9555909-1-7     £4.99                           (52 pages)
The companion book to Book One continues the approach of encouraging young writers to value their own experiences as the basis for their stories. It sets out twenty more story plans to stimulate ideas and also gives more advice on story writing techniques. Ideas for developing descriptive writing skills are provided plus a framework for writing a book review.
Book Two continues the themes explored in Book One but focuses on 4 key areas at the start.
Description
Examiners are looking to see that children can make their stories lively, exciting and readable.  This can be done by using adjectives and adverbs as this book shows.
Feelings
Children often experience difficulty in expressing their feelings about themselves or the characters in their stories.  The "feelings bank" gives them ideas.  (Examiners are looking particularly to see if children are able to express themselves in this way.)
Speech punctuation
An easy to recall acronym is given to help children remember the important points for punctuating direct speech.
 Different sentence types
The book covers how these can be used to add more variety and interest to stories in order to make them more readable.
Story plans
20 more story plans are included to help children with creative writing.  Particular plans are included to cover descriptive writing and how to write a book review.

 

 

 

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