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By Kevin McCannfreelance writer and former teacher

Children can use this on-screen resource to plan and write a typical traditional story. It helps them break down their story into a beginning, middle and end, and for each section there is a frame for planning and a story-writing frame. Moving through the resource, the amount of support given gradually reduces.


Shared learning and teaching

Before using the resource

  • Point out some of the common elements of folk and fairy tales – eg, the number 3, as in three wishes, three bears.
  • Use Poster 1 How to…spot a traditional tale from Literacy Time PLUS for Ages 7 to 9, May 200,8 to identify other features of these stories.
  • Use the activity sheet below to explore elements of favourite tales.

Story beginning

Previous learning

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