Dinnington Community Primary School


Writing Activities 20.4.20 - 25.4.20


Lesson 5: Writing a Story!


I hope you have got some amazing ideas in your plan for your story about 'Little Red'! Before we get started on the writing there are a few things that we need to make sure first. 



  1. A clear beginning middle and end

Go back to your plan that you made in Lesson 3. Can you pick out the beginning, middle and end of your story? You might want to tell a friend, or even jot down what happens at each part of the story so that you know it really well. 

TIP...Remember, the middle of the story is usually where the problem is!


     2. Characters

Who are your characters? You might want to look back at Lesson 2 at all of the fantastic adjectives that you collected for Mr Wolf and Little Red. Are there any more ideas that you could add? 


     3. Making your story different

Make sure that your story is different to the original in some way. Who will save Little Red? Will she save herself? 


OK Key Stage One. Now we are ready to write! Below are the success criteria that you need to make sure to include. 

Tiddlers and Superworms, your success criteria are GREEN.

Gruffalos, you must include GREEN and ORANGE!


  • Capital letters
  • Full stops
  • Finger spaces
  • Phonics
  • Adjectives (describing words) 
  • Interesting sentence openers
  • Traditional story language
  • Paragraphs
  • Conjunctions (and so because or when) 

When you have finished your story, check that you have included all of the success criteria. 



Why not read your story to your family?

You could turn your story into a stop motion film using puppets or drawings.

Publish your story in your book and illustrate it using the style of Bethan Woollvin. 


Lesson 4: Sentence practice


Good morning Key Stage One!

To get ready for our story, we will need to collect lots of fabulous sentences to make our writing amazing!



  • How many ways can you think of to start a story? Write these down in your yellow book. Which is your favourite? Why?
  • Now, using the word mats, can you create some super sentences for your story using traditional language?

        e.g. Once upon a time there lived a kind little girl.


Steps to success: 

  • Remember capital letters and full stops in all of your sentences!
  • Use phonics to help you to spell any tricky words
  • Include adjectives - words that describe a noun
  • Include conjunctions - and so but or because when


Lesson 3: Story Map


Today we are going to plan our story! 

You will need to think about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. If you can't remember the story then why not watch one of the videos below. 


You might want to jot down ideas for your story, draw a story map or even practice it orally.


Here are some ideas to help: 

  • Which parts will you change? What will stay the same?
  • Who will the characters be? 
  • Will Little Red save Grandma?
  • Who is the 'bad guy'?
  • Who is the 'hero'? 
  • Can you retell the story to a member of your family? 
  • Can you draw a story map?



Can you complete the 'Talking Challenge' to retell the story using these words?


Lesson 2: Characters


Today we are going to be thinking about the characters in our story. 


The two main characters we saw in the video yesterday were Little Red Riding Hood (or Little Red as the title says...) and Mr Wolf.



In your book collect adjectives or phrases to describe Little Red and Mr Wolf.


Steps to success: 

  • Describe their appearance
  • Describe their personality
  • Use a noun phrase e.g. thick, black fur                sharp, shining teeth
  • Be creative! Remember you are creating this character




Can you use your ideas to write a character description of one of the characters? 



20.4.20 Lesson 1: Story Writing

This week we are going to be writing our own story. Here is a video by the author Bethan Woollvin...I wonder if you recognise any other stories that she has written?

- Do you recognise the story? How does it usually go? Can you retell it to your family?
- Who do you think the characters will be? What do you know about them?
- Does it make you think of another story that we have learned?
- How could your story be different to the original?