This KS2 suspense writing pack uses ‘The Mystery of Flannan Isle’ as a prompt for pupils to write their own short scary stories. Comprehension questions build key skills of retrieval, inference and vocabulary use; while discussion cards, images and ideas sheets help children to plan and structure their story writing.
This resource pack includes:
This includes the poem, discussion points and brainstorming activities
- “The Ballad of Flannan Isle”
The children will learn about the mystery through a poem with comprehension questions
- Lesson plan
This English lesson plan is for teaching the creation of the children’s own “Flannan Isle mysteries” and how to write a story
- Discussion cards
The children will have an opportunity to respond to this tale with their classmates, formulating ideas about what really happened to inspire their story writing ideas
- Ideas sheet
Children can use these sheets as KS2 story starters to record their own ideas about the Flannan Isle mystery
- Image bank
The children can see images of Flannan Isle and lighthouses so that they can imagine and describe their setting in detail
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or text books
Identify and discuss themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing.
Understand what they read by drawing inferences such as inferring characters feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying these with evidence.
Understand what they read by identifying how language is used to contribute to meaning.
Plan writing by considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what the pupils have read, listened to or seen performed.
Draft and write by describing characters, settings and atmosphere