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National Writing Day 2020 – 9 of the best KS2 resources, worksheets and activities

Get primary kids passionate about creative writing with these ideas, activities, lesson plans and more...

  • National Writing Day 2020 – 9 of the best KS2 resources, worksheets and activities

When is National Writing Day 2020?

National Writing Day 2020 takes place on Wednesday 24 June.

What is National Writing Day?

National Writing Day is the annual nationwide celebration of the pleasure and power of creative writing. It’s driven by a coalition of leading literacy organisations and publishers, led by First Story.

Visit the website at nationalwritingday.org.uk.

1 | Official National Writing Day resources

One thing you’ll find on the site is the bank of top-quality creative writing resources collated by The National Writing Day partners.

For primary there’s a writing advice and activities from Big Bones author Laura Dockrill, you can create an interactive story, write a creative monster poem and more.

Check out all of the resources here.


2 | National Writing Day: Project Pack for Homes and School – Journey Stories

This whole-school primary creative writing resource pack is designed for National Writing day on the 24 June 2020, and pupils from reception to year 6 can take part.

It uses the theme of ‘journeys’ to inspire pupils to write their own journey stories to develop their writing skills, with the help of a model text, planning sheets a PowerPoint presentation, image prompts and themed writing paper.

Get this resource here.


3 | National Literacy Trust

This will be the fourth annual celebration of the power of writing creatively, inspiring people of all ages and abilities to try writing for fun and self-expression, and as one of the coalition, the National Literacy Trust has rounded up some of its writing activities that are great for home learning.

There’s Cressida Cowell’s top writing tips for primary pupils, or Simon Mole teaching you to write a poem about something you love, and then there’s #MyDearNewFriend.

My Dear New Friend is a project that encourages children to write letters to people living in care homes. You can download the introductory letter to find out more, and use the instructions to help children write their letter.

Check out these resources here.


4 | Pie Corbett creative writing activities

Talk for Writing’s Pie Corbett has written a whole bunch of original short stories and created activities and ideas to accompany each one.

You can create adventure stories with Kidnapped!, build suspense with The Old Mill, delve into local history with his World War II tale The Tunnel or go through a magical portal with Elf Road

Check out all of Pie Corbett’s free resources here.


5 | Writing prompts for KS1 and KS2

Encourage writing for pleasure and greater depth, with 200 original and inspiring prompts from the imagination of teacher/author Hayley Scott (Meet The Twitches) – perfect for daily 10- or 20-minute writing sessions or home learning.

There are 5 separate packs, each with 40 writing prompts included.

Find them all here.


6 | RNLI KS2 creative writing pack

Boost creative writing skills, and teach children about staying safe near the water with this great activities pack from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

With the help of specially recorded soundscapes, and an interactive set of slides to start them thinking, pupils are encouraged to write a short story about falling into the water in one of a choice of four settings, using all their senses to ‘show, not tell’.

There’s also a pack for KS1 children focusing on descriptive writing available.

Get the KS2 pack here.


7 | Writing song lyrics course

Ever wanted to have a go at writing your own songs? Maybe you don’t play an instrument… perhaps you don’t have the confidence to sing. This online course from the National Centre for Writing is perfect for you!

It’s free to sign up, and you can even preview the first chapter to get a quick taste.

Find out more here.


8 | Write a Paddington play script lesson plan

There can be few characters from children’s literature better loved than Paddington. In this lesson, children will use a key scene from A Bear Called Paddington book to write and perform play scripts.

Download the PDF lesson plan, and two activity sheets here.


9 | Write a monster story medium-term plan

This free 3-week sequence from No Nonsense Literacy for upper-KS2 lets children write a story about overcoming a monster, using Beowulf by Kevin Crossley-Holland.

In it, you will share with pupils the blueprint of an overcoming-the-monster story (an example is included), and model how to elaborate at each point and talk through a story.

Download it here.

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