This pack contains a number of resources to support pupils to write engaging setting descriptions with a Christmas theme. Pupils can explore how the use of the senses and figurative language helps to create atmosphere and an image for the reader.
The resources are based around a Christmas theme and could be used to engage pupils in seasonal writing tasks at the end of the autumn term. There is an opportunity to revisit or teach the use of speech marks.
What is included in this setting description resource pack?
Model text: The Most Wonderful Time of Year - aashort setting description of a character entering a hotel during the festive season
Model text: The Stockings Were Hung… - a description of a cosy living room waiting for a special visitor to arrive on Christmas Eve
Setting description writing sheet - this contains success criteria for writing a setting description as well as information on how the senses can be used to create atmosphere and examples of figurative language; a reminder of how direct speech is written is also included
Christmas scene images - a selection of images to inspire imaginative writing when describing settings
Setting description planning sheet - this worksheet allows pupils to plan their own setting description
Writing paper - the themed writing paper can be used to present their final draft
National Curriculum English programme of study links:
Year 3 4
Pupils should be taught to plan their writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
Pupils should be taught to draft and write by in narratives, creating settings ...
Pupils should be taught to use and punctuate direct speech
Pupils should be taught to plan their writing by in writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed
Pupils should be taught to draft and write by in narratives, describing settings ... and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action