Inspire children’s writingInspire children’s writing: “Fire up KS2 pupils’ imagination with this collection of 16 fictional stories, written by literacy expert Pie Corbett. Each resource consists of a PowerPoint version of the story and a PDF lesson plan, explaining how to work with the story and inspire children to write their own versions.” These stories have pdf versions and ppt versions that can be read together on a whiteboard. There are many classroom ideas to inspire children’s own work.

‘Ocean Coral’ is particularly useful if you have had refugees or children moving into the school from a distance as strangers to the area.

Both ‘Evacuee’ and ‘The Tunnel’ would be useful for anyone covering the war and specifically the lives of evacuees.

Anyone covering the Egyptians may enjoy using ‘The Scarab Story’; a little girl lost in the museum visits Egypt!

‘Fowler’s Yard’ may especially appeal to boys, steel rats! Sadly, it is almost impossible to read with black on a dark red background, clearly done for effect but I couldn’t even change it in the PowerPoint to make it light enough to read! Thankfully the ideas for a class are on light blue or red with white writing – a huge improvement.

‘Alien Landing’ is great, lost time that has not been filled, being left a present along the lines of ‘The Polar Express’ – a great start to a new story!

‘Kidnapped’ – A children’s kidnap story, I was worried that it may be frightening but it is more of a celebration followed by some great ideas.

‘Lost Property’ deals with children coming to terms with the death of grandma through an artefact, it is sad. The new idea is great though; that would be fun to write, so would the poem suggested.

‘The Nightmare Man’ will generate a memory of monsters under the bed for a great many children, it may help them put their fears in perspective.

‘The Caravan’ is a warning story, a warning about not listening to parents! This would be good to use with children who are slightly older and able to leave home alone to play locally with friends.

‘My Iceland’ works on the theme of daydreams but includes a bit of word play – that, for me, was more interesting than the story! It would be a fun idea to introduce into story writing.

‘The Dump’ – a lockdown story, great for exploring the theme of being locked down and unable to live a normal life.

‘The Place of Moon and Stars’, with excellent description, would be good to explore how to describe something: “A bell tinkled and metallic fingertips tapped a rhythm as the factory buzzed with energy. Jo stared round, eyes wide as saucers. Alarm bells rang inside her as pistons pumped, wheels spun, cogs clicked and steam hissed. Engines glittered as brass spindles rhythmically spluttered and massive bellows billowed; a cacophony of clattering and battering assaulted her ears.”