Primary English: Fantastic fiction activities

Victoria Haughton
18th January 2018
Image representing the different genres of children's fiction books

Allow young learners' imaginations to run wild with these stimulating fiction resources

Fiction is a staple of primary English lessons. Not only do stories encourage creative thinking, but they are also a vital tool for developing students' empathy understanding of the wider world as they analyse different characters. From introductory presentations to creative writing tips, immerse your budding bookworms in the world of fiction with this selection of hand-picked activities.

Genre lesson inspiration

Mystery, fantasy, adventure… There are plenty of genres for pupils to get their teeth stuck into! Learn about the different forms fiction can take before generating discussion about students' favourite books with the help of these engaging ideas.

Genre display posters with descriptions of each different genre.

I made these posters to display in my classroom to help my class to identify which genre different texts fall into. They include the name of the genre, and a short description of that genre’s characteristics. Topics included: classroom display.

By trillions

Learn To Write Different Genres Of Story (7-13 years)

6 pages

Learn To Write Different Genres Of Story

In this pack, the child will learn about different genres or types of story and about the techniques writers use to make their reader want to read on. For example, flash backs or dialogue to move a story on.

The child is asked to read the rescue story and to write their own version. A helpful prompt is included, showing the child how to introduce character, setting and plot in paragraph one, develop plot (actions and complications) in paragraph two and build up suspense in paragraph three, ending the story on a happy, sad or cliff hanger ending.

Next, the child should read the ghost story and write their own version. After this, they should make their own thesaurus, by collecting a number of difficult words and find words that mean the same (synonyms).

This series of work packs provides prompts to encourage children to write. It provides starting points, to encourage even the most reluctant writers. Featuring a lively, ‘magazine style’ format to appeal to children of all abilities, these packs are particularly recommended as preparation for creative writing tasks at 11+ or S.A.T.S.

The writer herself often dips into the lively collection of imaginative stories and non fiction articles, to teach her students in tutorials. The packs feature detailed prompts on how to plan and write stories and letters, as well as help with non fiction tasks - writing diaries, reports and persuasive leaflets. There is also plenty of practice in writing techniques - variation of sentences, connectives and grammar and punctuation tips.

By guineapigeducation

Narrative Powerpoint

A bright, structured Powerpoint that shows all the key attributes of the process of writing a Narrative for children writing any type of fiction or creative story. The clear guidelines make it suitable for students that need a more visual representation of the Narrative process.
By cocopa

Fiction Reading Question DIce

I created these and gave them to my staff. They each were given three for their particular key stage (You will see I put Year 3 in with KS1. I also gave that teacher the KS2 cards as well. I might later create some KS3 for use in year 5/6) Each teacher has a dice for before reading, during and after. They can be used during guided reading or when reading in pairs without a teacher or in a 1-1 situation.
By hanaprice

Character analysis activities

Well-developed characters are one of the most important elements of any fiction book. Walk students through the basics of character analysis and encourage them to write descriptions of different personas using these lesson presentations and templates.

Character passport worksheet - Character analysis

A passport worksheet which allows pupils to write about a character from a story - Character analysis. I have been looking at Peter Pan, so it is currently Neverland passport, but it can easily be changed
By Maximus26

Character Analysis and Comprehension

Character Analysis and Comprehension Lesson

This is an engaging lesson for students to practice their inference skills. Enclose you get a short story entitled ‘Ann the Monkey’. This short stories tells us about Ann and shares thoughts, feelings, appearance and actions.

There is a sorting task for students to complete. This sorting task has evidence from the text that needs to be organized into actions, thoughts & feelings and appearance.

Finally, students will use the evidence to infer details about the characters.

This is a great lesson with suitable scaffolding for middle grades.

Included in the pack
-A short story: Ann the Monkey (2 versions UK English and US English)
-1 cut and sort activity
-Scaffold approach to inferring information on characters.

By jmcmeekin

KS2 Character Descriptions - Describing Characters in Narrative Writing. Complete Lesson Pack

This KS2 character descriptions lesson contains starter, teaching input, example for modelled writing, peer-assessment and further plenary activity on the PowerPoint PLUS all worksheets and teachers' notes for a complete and thorough lesson pack.

The lesson is flexible and can be used with a character from a book you are reading in class, a character from a story the children are planning or a character from a selection of full colour images provided in the learning activity pack: full colour images are also differentiated.

Starter, teaching input, example for modelled writing, peer-assessment and further plenary activity are all included on the PowerPoint for a complete and thorough lesson.

Learning activities involve discussion, planning and then describing a character in a narrative style using the techniques taught in the lesson. Best suited for KS2 but could be applied to a higher ability Y2 class. Full teachers’ notes included too.

It is intended to slot into a unit either about story writing, fiction or any narrative theme, but can be used as a stand-alone English lesson if required.

All images either sourced from or owned by tftf.
By TheFutureTeacherFoundation

Template for Character Description

Draw your character in the middle. Then write facts in the boxes around your character,
By asharp22

Writing practice

What better way to enthuse pupils about fiction than to encourage them to write some of their own? Unleash your learners' imaginations by putting pen to paper with these ready-to-use guides and lesson activities.

Story Mountain Pack

This pack contains:

Complete 'story mountain' to demonstrate how children can build their story up (ideal for displays or laminating as story mountain mats!)

Blank version, with lines for pupils to write on

Blank version, with larger boxes with lines for more detail for pupils to write on

Blank version with larger boxes, as above, but also with space for pupils to make notes of their characters and setting

Editable version as a 'Word' document, so you can make the changes you want!
By MissRoskell

Descriptive Fictional Postcard Writing

A set of three lesson plans and a writing frame of postcards, differentiated for 3 levels.
By amyprimary87

Suspense and Mystery- KS2

A 3 day series of lessons on suspense and mystery. These lessons allow children to write in a suspense style by using ellipses, short sentences and making the reader think that there is something hidden. These lessons involve video clips and setting a spooky scene my turning off the lights during the reading of these paragraphs.

A powerpoint
Detailed, differentiated lesson plan
Spooky pictures to spark writing
Sample of mysterious writing for WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like)
Picture of the finished product from two Year 4 girls.

By TheIrishTeacher

Literary techniques for KS2 writers

I have compiled a booklet of literary techniques which my students can use to up-level their writing. I use it mostly as an extension for my higher ability writers. I have turned it into a laminated book and have it next to my learning wall display. I encourage students to visit the book for ideas on how to improve their writing. Each technique has at least one example to show them how to use is in a context. I hope this is useful to someone!
By hazelybell

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