New Story Starters for Homework

Welcome to our new story starters.

In the video above is a little bit of why and how we are launching the story starters. The idea is that as teachers you can set a story starter for homework each week, to encourage children to write creatively and for pleasure. Homework often becomes a chore for both the child and the teacher and there is often little time in the school day to let children fully exploring their creative writing.

Obviously it is up to you how you use the story starters but here are a few ideas:

  1. Just ask them to write a story. Fantastic! Children have fantastic imaginations and love stories as we found with our recent writing competition.
  2. Ask them to write the story using some of the interesting vocabulary, but please be careful with this as we don’t want to stifle their creativity. The interesting vocabulary is not designed to be a spelling list as the story starters cover all ages and abilities.
  3. Ask them to write a story one week and then edit it the next adding in certain vocabulary and grammar. Kids are always amazed when we go into school as authors and say it takes us a few days to write a story and weeks and weeks to edit it.
  4. Use the story starters for a game of storytelling roulette. This is great for developing speaking skills. Each person in a circle tells part of the story. You point to the next person to continue the story. If someone can’t think of anything or are reluctant to speak just get them to say a word of two even if it’s ‘and then …’. There are more ideas on how to use storytelling roulette in the video.

For more writing tips please go to our Facebook page and in the photos you will see all the writing tips we released for our writing competition.

Story Starter 8 The day I got stuck in the largest toy shop in the world

This week’s story starter has a festive spirit as it was filmed outside Hamleys with singing elves. Watch the video below to see if you can see them.

The day I got stuck in the largest toy shop in the world

Here is an image for you to print off and put in homework books.

Can you spot the singing elf.

Check out our Facebook page for more video of the singing elves.

Here is some interesting vocabulary taken from the National Curriculum word lists.

  1. magic
  2. night
  3. play
  4. afraid
  5. buzzer
  6. sleigh
  7. naughty
  8. accidentally
  9. Christmas
  10. disastrous

 

Story Starter 7 Teddy’s adventure in the black cab

This week’s story is inspired by a black London taxi.

Use the image above to print and stick into homework books or link to the video below of authors and storytelling sisters Tonya and Natasha to inspire your class.

Here is some interesting vocabulary you could use in the story:

  1. taxi
  2. jumped
  3. ride
  4. bare
  5. bear
  6. forgotten
  7. forgetting
  8. adventure
  9. vehicle
  10. mischievous

Story Starter 6 – The day I met the Queen

If London is your topic this term than this story starter would make a great homework activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hear from authors Tonya and Natasha about this story starter.

Here is some interesting vocabulary for the story – taken from the National Curriculm word lists:

  1. kitchen
  2. dogs
  3. bedroom
  4. clothes
  5. peculiar
  6. reign
  7. century
  8. foreign
  9. privilege
  10. accompany

 

Story Starter 5 – A Pigeon in Trafalgar Square

This week’s story starter is to imagine you are a pigeon in Trafalgar Square, where do you go, what do you see? To help with the story take a map of London and plan out the route you will take, remember you will be seeing everything from above whilst you are flying – a real birds eye view.

Story Stater 5

 

Here is some interesting vocabulary for the story

  1. Pigeon
  2. Swoop
  3. Dive
  4. Column
  5. Aerial
  6. Congested
  7. Congregate
  8. Perch
  9. Current
  10. Flapping

Story Starter #4 The day I found myself in a tardis

This week’s homework activity was inspired by a recent trip to London for the British Education Suppliers Association AGM we were walking to underground when we saw an old Police phone box and wondered if went in there rather than the tube how different our day would be. So this week’s story starter is ‘The Day I Found Myself in a Tardis’.

Here is an images you can save, print and stick in the homework books or just to give you inspiration for a story.

Watch and link to the video below to inspire others.

Here is interesting vocabulary you could use:

Tardis

Travel

Extraordinary

Darlek

Bewildered

Adventure

Whizz

Sonic

Time Travel

Doctor

Story Starter #3 I love being a leaf

Inspired¬† but the autumn weather this week’s story starter is all about being a leaf.

To set this as a homework either print out the image below or link to the video. Below is some interesting vocabulary that can be used or set as spellings.

Story Starter 3 I love being a leaf

Interesting vocabulary for this story:

  1. falling
  2. twirling
  3. photosynthesis
  4. crisp
  5. fluttering
  6. deciduous
  7. golden
  8. scarlet
  9. rustle
  10. warmth

How puppet making can play a crucial role in developing a child’s dexterity!

A professor of surgery, Professor Kneebone, (Yes really) has told the BBC he has seen a decline in manual dexterity in his students which has led to them becoming “less competent and less confident” in using their hands. He’s put this down to the use of technology as well as less creative subjects being taught in schools.

However, better dexterity is not only a crucial skill for surgeons but it’s also needed for everyday things in life, whether its sewing on a button or even tying your shoelaces, our fine motor skills are necessary, and it’s vital that children from a young age are given the opportunity to develop them.

So how can you help young children to develop their fine motor skills?

Puppet making is an ideal activity for this because it has all the elements from teaching children how to use a scissors through to holding pens or pencils as well as basic sewing skills.

It’s also great for boosting their imaginations and creativity because they learn how to use different materials and media.

Another benefit is that they learn to work together collaboratively so they learn team building skills which again will be a crucial skill they will need as they go through life.

Puppet making also helps them to develop their speaking and listening skills as well as increasing their vocabulary.

Put puppet making together with stories and you really do have a winning combination that’s versatile, fun and engaging for children of all ages – and the adults enjoy it too!!

So to find out more about puppet making and creative storytelling and how you can help the future generations feel free to get in touch.

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