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By Fiona Freerteacher

Learning to be persuasive is an important literacy tool for children. Here are some engaging Key Stage 2 activities for developing this skill

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We all spend some part of each day trying to persuade other people to do something or to see our point of view, even if it’s only a discussion about what to watch on TV. In the classroom, children have the opportunity to learn that real persuasion is nothing to do with pleading voices or facial contortions, but a reasoned argument structured as a series of points, supported by facts and linked by words and phrases designed to have an effect on the feelings of the listener or reader.


  1. Goldilocks – adventurer or intruder?
  2. Using role play
  3. Notes under closed doors
  4. Word thermometers
  5. Plundering pirate or national hero?
  6. Protecting women and children
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