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Lesson Starters - Writing Genres

These primary lesson starters can be used to inspire creative writing with KS1 and KS2 classes.

The videos cover a variety of different genres from horror to mystery.

Full Length Videos

Story Writing - Seven Dramatised Clips

  • Each story start is a short but dramatic video clip that will fire children’s imaginations to continue the story into creative writing.

Story-writing - Nine More Dramatised Clips

  • Each of these clips are designed to stimulate creative writing or talk amongst primary pupils.

Adventure stories

Writing an Adventure Story: Desert Island

  • As woman is tracking footprints across a deserted beach, a series of events unfold, making it a perfect start to an adventure story.

Writing an Adventure Story: Science Lab

  • This video can be used as a lesson starter. It is designed as a stimulus for writing an adventure story in KS2 English.

Mystery stories

Writing a Mystery Story: Jewellery Box

  • A woman enters a sinister-looking antique shop with a little girl, the girl can hear a mysterious voice echoing from an antique jewellery box - what happens next?

Historical Fiction

Writing Historical Fiction: Robin Hood

  • This clip is a stimulus for writing a historical story in KS1 or KS2 English, the clip should be of particular relevance to classes who are reading about Robin Hood.

Horror stories

Writing a Horror Story: Dinosaurs

  • The clip should be of particular relevance to teachers who are focusing on story setting, plot or the horror story genre.

Ghost stories

Writing a Ghost Story: Cave

  • The clip should be of particular relevance to classes that are reading or writing ghost stories. It would also make a good example of how to create atmosphere in a story.

Writing a Ghost Story: Graveyard

  • The clip should be helpful for teachers who want to focus on descriptive writing or on how to create a gripping setting for a story.

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