‘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.

‘Design and Make’ Stories

‘Design and make’ stories

The notion of Design and Make, the former EYFS aspect of learning (DCSF, 2008a), and Design and Technology, its NC equivalent (DfEE/QCA, 1999; DfE, 2011a), are used as the overarching theme for the Ideas presented in this second chapter. It will highlight ways in which Design and Technology can be used to facilitate stimulating story writing opportunities for children across the 3–11 age phase.

The first half of the chapter aims to energise children's story writing by linking initial Ideas to books, a key product that is heavily associated with both stories and Design and Technology-based activity (see Booked stories and Story books). Design stories encourage children to use ‘a taxonomy of … problem solving strategies’ (Roden, 1997: 14) ...

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