A Wander In The Woods | Creative Writing Competition
Engage your pupils with creative writing!
Inspire your young writers to write a mini saga, a story told in 100 words!
Did you know that the National Literacy Trust reported only 50% of children enjoy creative writing? It’s decreasing year on year... let’s put a stop to that now!
A Wander In The Woods takes your pupils' imaginations on an adventure, whether you can do that outside or set the scene in your classroom.
Winter is a wonderful time in the woods! Your pupils's mini sagas (a story told in just 100 words) can be inspired by nature or they could retell a fairy tale with a twist. Perhaps a school or camping trip would make a fantastic recount and, of course, there’s the good old ghost story to give us chills on dark and stormy days!
Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
Young Writers KS2
Watch the video with your pupils to introduce them to A Wander In The Woods: https://youtu.be/wasjQAcXZQg
Next, play this game to help generate ideas to write about...
- Give pupils a word that’s on the wander in the woods theme, such as tree, fox, stream, camping etc - Now ask a pupil to give you a word that’s associated with your word. (E.g. if you said tree, they might say leaf) - The next player, in clockwise order, has to quickly say a word that has some connection with the previous word and so on
It’s a fun way to generate ideas on the theme. If any words mentioned stand out to you – make a note and discuss them with the class. Once you have finished playing the word association game, ask your pupils to write down an idea to write about.
Can your pupils name any woodland creatures? E.g. Dwarves, elves, giants, gnomes, gremlins, fairies, werewolves, centaurs, trolls and dragons...
Pick a woodland creature and help your pupils generate ideas on what the creature could be doing: - On a quest to find an item - Hiding from humans - Helping nature - Protecting treasure - A guardian of woodland royalty
Encourage your pupils to be original! Once you have several ideas, discuss as a class which one you’ll write a class mini saga about. This will help your pupils understand the format of a mini saga and assist with generating ideas and planning too!
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