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Storytelling cards: oral composition for KS1 and KS2 - mystery stories

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Telling stories orally is an important skill that helps develop pupils written story writing. This storytelling resource, based on mystery stories, can be used to help fire up pupils’ imaginations and support them to orally compose tales based on mystery stories that they may have read.

The storytelling cards include examples of characters, settings and mysterious objects that can be found in mystery stories that pupils may be familiar with. Pupils can use these to create new stories using the cards, thinking about the problems that characters will face and how these will be resolved. The resource can be used in both KS1 and KS2 pupils, with older pupils adding dialogue and more complex vocabulary and structures when orally telling their stories.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • Storytelling mystery cards: characters, settings and mysterious objects
  • Storytelling plan
  • Blank cards

Why is oral storytelling important?

Oral storytelling allows pupils to share stories that they know and create new ones, using their imagination to develop characters, settings and plots. It provides a rich opportunity to develop vocabulary and learn story structures, providing pupils with the opportunity to rehearse a story before writing.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

English
Years 1 and 2
To become very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
To say out loud what they are going to write about
Years 3 and 4
To increase their familiarity with a range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
To compose and rehearse sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures.
Years 5 and 6
To increase their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional tales …
To note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary

  • Storytelling mystery cards: characters, settings and mysterious objects
  • Storytelling plan
  • Blank cards
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