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Fables - KS1 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Explore Aesop’s fables with this KS1 text types resource pack. Pupils will write read the model texts ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ and ‘The Fox and the Crow’ and then go on to retell them in their own writing. They will use the model texts to identify features of fables and specific grammar and punctuation skills that they can apply in their own stories.

This resource pack includes:
Model Text 1 - The Boy Who Cried Wolf
A retelling of one of Aesop’s fables teaching the reader that they should not tell lies.
Model Text 2 - The Fox and the Crow
A retelling of another of Aesop’s fables teaching the reader that they should not be fooled by flattery.
Fable writing sheet: a PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing. It includes examples of simple time adverbials and coordinating conjunctions.
Fable image cards - A set of cards for each fable that can be used to help orally retell the story and plan their own retelling of the stories.
Fable planning sheet: a worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing.
Writing paper: A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work.

What is a fable?
A fable is a short story that conveys a moral to the reader. They usually have animals as characters with opposing characteristics, for example: good and evil; wise and foolish; kind and sly.

National Curriculum English programme of study links:
Year 1
Pupils will write sentences by saying out loud what they are writing about and composing sentences orally before writing
Pupils will sequence sentences to form short narratives
Pupils will join words and clauses using and

Year 2
Pupils should write for a range of purposes
Pupils should consider what they are going to write about before beginning by planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about
Pupils will learn how to use coordination (using or, and, or but)



  • Model Text 1 - The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • Model Text 2 - The Fox and the Crow
  • Fable writing shee
  • Fable image cards
  • Fable planning sheet
  • Writing paper
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