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Story Settings – KS2 Writing Features Challenge Mat Worksheets

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These worksheets are an excellent way to develop children’s understanding and use of story settings and descriptions in KS2. There are a number of activities that demonstrate how authors create and evoke settings, with model texts for children to discuss and comment on.

The resource includes some inspiring images of settings for children to write about and English lessons.

It’s a great way to revise previous learning, and to experiment with new ideas.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Read the texts given and underline the words or phrases which tell the reader where or when the story is taking place. Explain what you have learnt about the setting’s time or place after each one.
  • Explain
    Read the two passages. Which description of the setting do you think is more effective? Explain your reasons.
  • Challenge
    Write three sentences about each of the images provided. Make sure that you use effective word choices to make the two settings sound different to the reader.
  • Test
    Read the setting description. Think of the different techniques the writer has used to share details of the time and place. Complete the table with an example for each technique listed, taken from the text.
  • Apply
    Use the image provided to write a short story set in this fairground ride. Remember to describe your setting effectively.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • Draft and write in narratives by creating settings, characters and plot
  • Draft and write in narratives by describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action
  • Plan their narrative writing by considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed

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