Dinnington Community Primary School


Writing Activities (01/06/20-05/06/20)

Writing challenge:


It's a crazy world we live in but some things are just beyond belief. Take a look at the pictures below and choose the one you find interesting. What could this picture be about? There are no right or wrong answers: let your imagination go wild. Can you write a newspaper article about the picture? 


Follow the tasks set below. Try to do one a day. 

Task 1: Generating ideas 


Choose a picture to write about from the section below. Create a mind map of what you can see in the picture. Think about:


  • What objects can you see?  Can you name them? Are there any synonyms you could use?
  • How would you describe the objects? What descriptive language could you use to create a picture for your reader?
  • What is happening? Are there any interesting verbs you could use to describe what is happening? What adverbs could be used to describe what is happening?

Task 2:


Take a look at this example of a newspaper report based on the events of the Hobbit bt J.R.R Tolkin. Look at the layout and text features you could use in your writing. Are there any words or phrase you think could make your work sound amazing?

Task 3: Creating the story for the article


For the picture you have chosen think about what story you could make for your article. What happened? Who was there? where did it happen? When did it happen?


Choose a planning sheet from the document below and answer the questions in the introduction section (the 4  w's: who, when, where, and what) to generate ideas and think about the details of the article. Remember be imaginative.

Task 4: Interview. 


Most news articles have interviews of people who either witnessed the event or are experts in the topic being discussed in the article. Who would you interview for your news article?


  • A person who witnessed the event? What did they see? Remember to describe it in the first person.
  • An expert: What are they an expert in (eg professor of  amphibians at London museum of natural history for a story about the motorbike riding frog)


You can include multiple people if you wish but remember you will need to use inverted commas to report what they said. 


Fill in the interview part of the planning sheet with your ideas. 

Task 5: Conclusion

The final section talks about what happened after the event and what is happening now about it. This is often written in the present tense. You may want to think about:


What happened to the people involved?

How was it fixed/ sorted out?

What did the people involved in the story do after?


Jot down your ideas into your plan.

Task 6: Publishing 


Now you have all your ideas try to write a newspaper story using the template and word banks below. Remember to use your best handwriting. Or you could type it up on a computer and add your own pictures.  There is also a checklist for features that you could include as a challenge.