Let your pupils' imaginations run wild! They could tell us about an adventure their toy has had, its favourite day with its owner, how it was made or its hopes and dreams. Has the toy ever been lost or had an unexpected makeover?
What if a toy was sucked into a computer game, took revenge on or escaped from a bad owner?
From adventures and mayhem to mysteries and flashbacks, there are so many ideas to inspire a mini saga; a story told in just 100 words! Pupils can even draw their toy before they plan and write their mini saga. Challenging, fun and guaranteed to get your pupils excited to write, Toy Stories is ready to be used in your classroom today!
See what others think of Toy Stories…
"Thank you once again for a fantastic competition!"
"My class have thoroughly enjoyed writing these stories!"
"Brilliant again, all children get so excited about these competitions."
"Great idea for motivation and precision punctuation. "
"A fantastic challenging writing competition. Thanks. "
"A great resource - the children loved it! Thank you. "
"Another stunning task. The children were so engaged. Inspirational."
"Excellend idea! Keep them coming. "
"The children were extremely motivated with this context. "
"The children thoroughly enjoyed writing their stories. They loved the colourful plans included. "
"The children thoroughly enjoyed creating their short stories."
"Always such a great idea - giving children the opportunity to become published writers!"
"This competition was a great motivation for writing. The children loved it. The 100 words saga was challenging. It would be great to do a Spring term one - even if it wasn't a competition. It could focus on grammar (ready for SATs!)"
"Children found the beginning, middle and end within 100 words really hard. They could have done excellent beginnings!"
"An amazing task. The children enjoyed the creativity of this task. The framework helped the children. "
"A lovely task. Bright and engaging booklet. "
"The children have loved writing stories about their toys. This competition tied in well with our Christmas studies."
"A very enjoyable task, especially during the Christmas season."
"Our pupils enjoyed this so much. The resources are fantastic. Thanks so much!"
"Space to draft the story before writing it in the boxes. "
"Thank you for your feedback. With in the pupil entry form there is a story planning sheet available with fields for the start, middle and end as well as focuses with in their story such as where the story is set and who the main character will be. We also find that a lot of teachers will have the pupils draft their initial story in their exercise book before filling in the form. I hope this helps for next time. "
"Thanks for you time. Great resources. Possibly a more 'grown-up' theme for KS2 next year. "
"The children loved doing this but found the 100 words a challenge!"
"I was pleasantly surprised at just has many of the children were excited and willing to participate in this activity."
"My KS2 children absolutely love your short story competitions and the prospect of getting their work published is a wonderful opportunity that keeps them enthused and enthusiastic to write. "
"The pupils enjoyed the tips sent in the weekly email."
"The children are loving these writing competitions. "
"It was a good theme for a story and the children enjoyed it a lot."
"A wonderful competition. It was very rewarding for the children to be given an opportunity to use their imagination away from what can sometimes be an over-structured curriculum."
"The children really enjoyed the toy topic."
"Thank you for this activity. It motivated several children who are normally reluctant to write. They were excited about the possibility of seeing their work in print. "
"Thank you again for the happiness you have given the children through their Toy Stories (and Miss Harbisher too)."
"Love the competition! Really inspired my class, thank you!"
"The children really enjoy your competitions! We always put our complimentary copy of any book our children's work is published in, in our School Library. They love it!"
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful competition - the children really enjoyed it!"
"A lovely idea - the whole class were excited and engaged. Thank you!"
"We absolutely love your competitions, children enjoy writing short pieces a lot!"
"Fantastic resources provided and children loved the sagas."
"A lovely competition. Very motivating for both boys and girls."
"An exciting competition that is so well organised."
"What a fantastic way to get children excited about writing. The resources are really good and clear too. "
"Fabulous competition, children loved using the entry form to write their find stories. The video stimulus was very effective."
"The children were really engaged by the video clip and it encouraged them to write their own stories. We may use of a short English unit in the future."
"Excellent resources and an inspiring theme - my class enjoyed taking part."
"A fantastic opportunity for pupils to showcase their imagination and writing skills."
"An engaging idea, which got the children motivated!"
"Great fun and really promotes the children's independence. "
"Thank you for the extra copies! We loved this!"
"Children really enjoyed writing their stories - they liked the theme and the prizes provided great motivation. "
"The children really enjoy writing for a purpose. Taking part in a competition is a great incentive, as well as the prospect of having their stories published. We would love to take part in future competitions. "
"Fantastic competition, yet again. Resources were really good. Children really enjoyed writing their own stories and thrived on the challenge of 100 words!"
"Great competition, good visual link to help engage children. They love these competitions. "
Newcastle Upon Tyne
"Great task - thoroughly enjoyed by all, including our SEN pupils."
"A great competition - the year 6 children really enjoyed exercising their imaginations and the challenge of <100 words. "
"A lovely and engaging idea - the children really engaged with the concept!"
"The competition was great and the children enjoyed writing the stories."
"A wonderful opportunity to engage and inspire children; which allowed them to discuss endless possibilities for writing and where it can lead to!"
"A real challenge for our more verbose writers to be more economical with language - great stuff!"
"Teachers resources were great, taught straight from the power point. My class really enjoyed it."
"An amazing activity. A must for those creative juices, so lacking in today's curriculum"
"Amazing way to raise standards in writing!"
Don't forget to put your school name and postcode on the freepost sticker or the reverse of the envelope so we know who has sent the entries
1st Prize - £1,000 + a trophy
2nd Prize - £500 + a trophy
3rd Prize - £250 + a trophy
£100 Smyths Toy's Voucher
To each of our five favourite Spring Term 2018 writers!
Plus a bookmark and sticker for every entrant!
If you are in need of more entry forms, please go to Downloads / Resources Request
Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
Young Writers PS
Alternatively, you can upload your entries here
Closing Date: Friday 30th of March 2018
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Closing Date: Friday 30th of March 2018