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Fairy tale stories – 9 of the best worksheets and resources for KS1 and KS2

From the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen to the 'happily ever after' Disneyfied versions, fairy tales have stood the test of time and are beloved by kids, so let them rewrite their own takes with these ideas...

  • Fairy tale stories – 9 of the best worksheets and resources for KS1 and KS2

1 | Fairy tales LKS2 writing planners and model text

This text types resource pack of fairy tale activities for Years 3 and 4 lets you explore fairy tales by reading the ‘Hansel and Gretel’ model text before rewriting their own version of the story.

It includes the model text, a fairy tale writing sheet (with success criteria to support their writing), a set of fairy tale image cards, a structure/planning sheet and themed writing paper.

Check it out here.

2 | Explore story structure and fairy tales with Don’t Read This Book!

This traditional tales KS1 book topic from Judy Clark is based on Don’t Read This Book! by Jill Lewis and Debbie Allwright, a playful metafiction book that’s guaranteed to have your class hooked, intrigued and laughing out loud.

An unbelievably impatient king, a forgetful court story writer and an array of guest appearances by a host of favourite characters makes for a refreshing take on a traditional fairy tale.

Explore the illustrations for clues, role-play the characters and narrator and construct your own version of the story.

Get this book topic here.

3 | How to write a fairy story

This BBC Bitesize quick guide for features a nice brief animated video on the features of a traditional tale KS2 kids will either be familiar with or be able to understand.

And there’s a little interactive quiz to try to make sure the information has stuck too.

It’s not a bad place to start to ensure they’ve got the basics.

Check it out here.

4 | Explore Grimm fairy tales through drama lesson plan

In this KS1/2 lesson students will delve into ‘The Frog Prince’ through drama, creative writing and discussion.

Then, having explored the original version, children will be ready to put their own spin on the classic Grimm tale of puckering up for an amphibian.

Download this lesson plan PDF here.

5 | Fairy tale themed colour and write worksheets

This printable PDF contains eight pages with a different fairy tale-themed illustration for colouring in, alongside printed lines for pupils to write on. Plus, there’s an extra page without an illustration.

Images include a dragon, a unicorn, a pirate, a pumpkin carriage and more.

Download and print here.

6 | How to rewrite fairy tales worksheet

This resource guides children on how to rewrite a traditional story, with a humorous modern retelling of the Three Little Pigs mixed with the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Children analyse how the story has changed and use this to inspire their own retelling.

It also includes planning and writing guidance.

Get all this here.

7 | In Their Shoes: Fairy Tales And Folktales KS2 book topic

By walking a mile in the shoes of classic literary characters, your class will go on a learning journey they’ll never forget.

This book topic from Carey Fluker Hunt explores Lucie Arnoux’s book In Their Shoes: Fairy Tales And Folktales which shows you a fascinating fairy-tale world of footwear, from red shoes to golden slippers and seven-league boots.

The activities allow you to delve deep into different versions of traditional tales and familiar folk stories, study picture composition and of course find out more about shoes of all kinds throughout history.

Download this book topic here.

8 | Re-create fables as cartoon strips

This LKS2 resource pack includes five different Aesop fables to adapt as cartoon strips.

Includes an interactive sequencing activity for the fable The Mouse and the lion.

The PDF includes the key plot points for the five fables, as well as a comic strip template for children to print and use.

Get this one here.

9 | Five ways to use fairy tales teach grammar

Changing just one word can transform the impact of a sentence – and take a familiar fairy tale somewhere new and exciting.

In this article Kate Ruttle offers five ways to help children discover the joy of grammar, all through the familiar and fun means of fairy tales.

Check out her ideas here.

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