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Fables - KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Explore Aesop’s fables with this KS2 text types resource pack. Pupils will write read the model texts ‘The North Wind and the Sun’ and ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse’ 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 North Wind and the Sun
A retelling of one of Aesop’s fables teaching the reader that persuasion is better than force
Model Text 2 - The Town mouse and the Country Mouse
A retelling of another of Aesop’s fables teaching the reader that a simple but safe life is better than a rich but dangerous one.
Fable writing sheet: There are two versions for upper and lower KS2. UKS2 includes examples of adverbials to link ideas and antonyms. LKS2 includes examples of inverted commas and apostrophes to mark singular and plural possession.
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 3/4
Pupils should plan their writing by discussing writing that is similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.
Pupils will use and punctuate direct speech
Pupils will use fronted adverbials, including using a comma after them
Pupils will indicate possession using the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns

Year 5 /6
Pupils should plan their writing by identifying the audience for and purpose for writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
Pupils will link ideas across paragraphs using adverbials
Pupils will learn how words are related through meaning as ... antonyms



  • Model Text 1 - The North Wind and the Sun
  • Model Text 2 - The Town mouse and the Country Mouse
  • Fable writing sheet
  • Fable image cards
  • Fable planning sheet
  • Writing paper
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