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Researching Stories, with Dermot O’Leary (Episode 7)

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Get KS2 children adding a touch of imagination to their research for creative writing, with the help of advice from Dermot O’Leary – broadcaster, presenter, and author of the popular Toto the Ninja Cat series of books.

This resources pack includes teacher notes, a PowerPoint, planning sheets and beautifully designed elements for a ‘research for writing’ working wall, and has been exclusively created to be used with episode seven of the Author In Your Classroom podcast – a virtual ‘author visit’ you can share with children whenever you like, absolutely free!

The resource pack includes:

  • Using research to write great stories PowerPoint
  • Book extracts in print and as audiobook clips
  • Illustrations and author quotes for a working wall display
  • Starting with research story planning sheet
  • Adding some creativity story planning sheet
  • Storyboarding planning sheet
  • Themed lined and unlined writing sheets
  • Teacher notes


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  • Teacher notes
  • PowerPoint
  • 3 x planning sheets
  • Book extract
  • Working wall elements (images and quotes)
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