A little while ago I was asked if I could create a story writing display for KS1, using pictures.
Somehow, from there, I started to imagine an interactive display, where children could access the ideas displayed and take them to their desks.
Then came the tricky part… a theme! Themes can be tough, if you really want your display to inspire the whole class. Very often they are geared more towards the girls, or the boys, never both.
I’ve gone for a ‘Magic’ theme in the hope that magic tricks and wizards etc might appeal to the boys and frog princes etc might appeal to the girls.
My interactive story writing display is based on the questions Who? What? Where? and When?
Each question has its own key icon and from that, a set of options that they can choose from to aid their writing.
Who? This centres around a princess trapped in a castle. Children can select a character for their story by choosing a window.
What? Has a cauldron as its main display piece. What happens in their story can be decided by choosing a potion bubble.
Where? Sees a beanstalk taking centre stage. A child selects a leaf in order to choose a setting for their story
When? A magicians hat is the key piece for this question and children select a star with a time phrase such as ‘Tuesday evening’ for their story.
This display would not only be great for story writing but also oral story telling!
I would love to add a why? featuring a magic lamp and smoke but struggling to think how I could show why? in picture form – if you have any ideas, let me know!
So there we have it! You can view all the resources for this display here Story Writing is Magical
Hope you enjoy using them and if you’re feeling inspired, why not ditch my simple printed cauldron, castle, magic hat and beanstalk and make 3D version with your class?
If you do then send me some photos as I’d love to see it!