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.

pojo blows the gunpowder plot KS1 making v2

Story Starter #2 Who or what is in the leaves

Here is our second story starter and we thought we would go outside and get some inspiration in this fantastic autumnal weather.

 

Here is the image you can print and put in homework books.

story starter

Imagine who or what is in the pile of leaves, do you want to be found or are your hiding? Are you snuggling down for the winter and want to be left alone or do you wish people would see you?

What is like in the leaves?

What happens to you?

Let you imagination go wild.

 

 

Interesting vocabulary you could use:

  1. autumnal
  2. rustle
  3. crunch
  4. buried
  5. golden
  6. crimson
  7. leaves
  8. mound
  9. snuggle
  10. prepare

 

Story Starter #1

Welcome to our first story starter which is

1. The day I woke up as a giant

 

Imagine what it would be like to wake up and discover you are now a giant.

What was the first thing you noticed?

Did your clothes grow too?

What was everyone’s reaction?

What did you eat?

Did you return to normal or not?

 

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

  1. gigantic
  2. ceiling
  3. enormous
  4. rumble
  5. stomp
  6. humongous
  7. terrified
  8. shrink
  9. tiny
  10. realised

Let us know how you get on in the comments below.

For more ideas on how you can use these in the classroom or as homework see our Story Starters for homework post.

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.

The Girl Who Cried Wolf

Here is another of our safeguarding storiesThe girl who cried wolf

This story takes the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf and changes it to include a girl called Princess Arabella. The princess is bored so she decides to swap places with the shepherd. But again she is bored so she starts lying to get the villagers to come up the mountain. Until a dragon comes and the villagers don’t believe her.
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