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KS1/2 English Lesson Plan – Use Maps to Inspire Storytelling

Key Stage

KS1, KS2


Years 1-6


Immerse pupils in a spot of imaginary world building and watch their fiction writing flourish, says Adam Parkhouse.

Maps are everywhere and an integral part of our lives. They are also firm favourites for fiction writers, particularly those with worlds of their own to explore.

From Tolkien through to more contemporary authors like Vashti Hardy and Kieran Larwood, maps continue to be a platform for developing plots, characters and settings; all vital for your budding writers.

This lesson is designed to immerse your pupils in the art of world-building, generating an instant and unique starting point for their own pieces of writing.

What they’ll learn

  • Use maps to document personal stories
  • Plot stories using the pretence of a journey
  • How authors construct their own unique worlds
  • How the physical features of a setting can impact on a character’s actions

Adam Parkhouse was a silver winner at the 2017 Pearson Teaching Awards and is a senior teacher at Cantley Primary in Norfolk. Follow him on Twitter at @parky_teaches.

KS1/2 English Lesson Plan – Use Maps to Inspire Storytelling

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