‘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.

‘Craft’ Stories

‘Craft’ stories

This chapter explores a range of craft-based Ideas that can be used to stimulate children's story writing. The Ideas presented emphasise the value of Art and Design (NC) and Exploring and Using Media and Materials (EYFS equivalent) to enrich story writing provision in the classroom. This chapter positively embraces the cross-curricular application of knowledge and skills associated with artistic practices and applies them within a story writing context to engage young authors aged 3–11.

The first half of the chapter acknowledges resources which are common to artistic endeavours, considering how these stimulate story writing. Craft stories highlight a wealth of materials which can be used by children to record their stories on and items they can record their stories with. Water stories recognise ...

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