‘This is a fantastic book which provides creative and practical suggestions of how to engage all children in writing’

- Sarah Martin-Denham, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, University of Sunderland

This book is a practical guide designed to stimulate story writing in the early years and primary classroom. It offers a collection of novel and effective Ideas which can be used by educators to energise, excite and motivate children to willingly write stories across the 3–11 age phase.

Each chapter offers creative and innovative Ideas to get children writing stories, including:

how to help children ‘see the point’ of story writing; how speaking and listening, reading and phonics can be utilised to enhance written stories; how technology can facilitate refreshing story writing; how story writing can be physically interactive.

By combining theory with practice, this book is ideal for those training to teach the 3 to 11 age range, those beginning their teaching career, and those who are established in their professional role.

Simon Brownhill is Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge.

‘Creative’ Stories

‘Creative’ stories

The focus of this penultimate chapter centres on the notion of creativity, an officially recognised concept by the UK government that has enjoyed a surge of professional and academic interest in educational circles following the publication of the NACCCE's (1999) All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture, Education report. With many teachers and schools working hard to educate children through a creative curriculum, this chapter serves to support those who wish to energise their story writing practice with a little creative zest. In support of the fact that creativity is not just about ‘the arts’ (Grainger and Barnes, 2006), the Ideas in this chapter embrace numerous ways in which story writing can be creatively stimulated.

The first half of this chapter considers ways in which ...

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