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Getting children to write

19th August 2020

  Getting Children to Write

Getting children to write can be a massive challenge for you and for them. The list of technical skills that must be mastered at KS1 can be very off putting for children .Here is the Primary National Curriculum explanation for parents for creative writing:

' Pupils should develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They should be taught the correct use of grammar. They should build on what they have already been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. The writing they do should include narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries amd evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.'

All essential things to master, but when you read it written down like that is does look a bit of a yawn-fest! As parents, we need to  make our children realise that writing can and should be really enjoyable and exciting. If we can tap into our children's sense of joy and excitemen,t then there is no telling where it could take them. 

Creative Writing

Creative writing enables our children to let their imaginations off the leash and to run wild. By nature, creative writing is meant to entertain and share the human experience. And it is a great way for us to get our children to WANT to write. 

Here are some things that I think are important when it comes to helping our children with their creative writing:

Read, read, read.   Encourage your child to read as often as possible and read to them as well. Reading books increases vocabulary and they contain many words that are not commonly used in everyday speech. Books are also a great source of language and plot ideas that can be used in your child's writing. We should actively encourage children to 'borrow' ideas for plot and language as it helps them to construct tand enrich their own writing. 

Write about things that they know.   Encourage your child to write about things that they know about.. As with talking, it is much easier to write about things we know about, have seen or experienced first-hand. Asking a child to write about something they have no knowledge or experience of will not achieve the same outcome as writing about something they are familiar with. So, it is very important that we give our children lots of different experiences to draw upon. Trips to the playground, a day at the seaside, a local farm visit, a walk in the woods, a train or bus ride - all of these can help a child when it comes to drawing on experiences for creative writing. 

Role play.  Role play can be fantastic for stimulatng ideas. You can encourage your child to role play all manner of different situations with you, their friends, brothers and sisters or even their cuddly toys. Putting themselves into different situations and role playing can help to stimulate their imagination and unlock language and plot ideas that they would not have thought of. 

Become a character from a story.    Let your child imagine that they are their favourite character from a story they like. Interview them and ask them lots of questions. Why did you ...?  How did you ....?  What made you ....?  When  do you....? Where are you ....? 

This is also a great tool to use to develop a character/plot when they are writing. They become their own main character and you interview them. 

Change it up.  Take a story they like and encourage them to make changes to the plot or characters and see where it takes them. The main character may be a good person. Make them a bad person and see where it leads. This works really well with role playing. 

Use their senses. Encourage your child to use their senses to describe things. This can really enrich the descriptive language used. Constantly challenge your child to describe things using their senses. Standing on the beach with their eyes closed thinking about what they can hear, taste and smell. Sitting on a bus watching and listening to the other passengers or what is happening outside the bus. 'It was a windy day.' becomes ' It was a windy day. The wind was whistling through the trees. Branches were swaying and leaves were falling to the ground.'

 

These are just some of my suggestions to help you to encourage your child to embrace creative writing. 



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