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Imaginary worlds KS2 – ‘My Iceland’ model text by Pie Corbett

What's included?

PDF of original story plus lesson plan and Powerpoint

Key Stage



Years 3-6


Children are expert daydreamers. With Pie Corbett’s imaginary worlds KS2 model text you can channel this into writing about settings full of wonder and secrets...

Inside the download

This download includes Pie Corbett’s original story My Iceland, and his accompanying lesson plan full of reading and writing ideas and activities.

The story comes as a PDF, Keynote file and as a PowerPoint file. The lesson and activities come as a PDF.

Getting started

Tune the children into the story by starting with a discussion about daydreams and secret worlds that we all create. Show the children several pictures of the icy landscape in Iceland, otherwise many children will just think of the supermarket.

Google a few ceilings that show hairline cracks that look a bit like strange maps. Brainstorm with the class what the cracks look like – make a list of similes. For example, the cracks in the ceiling are like…

  • a strange road map
  • strands of hair
  • a skeleton leaf
  • a city from space

Imaginary worlds KS2 focus

A key aspect to this sort of story is building the description of the imaginary world so readers can easily picture it. Show children how to create their own fantasy worlds by using a list poem.

Begin by making a list of things that you can see (eg clouds, a forest, parrots). Then extend each idea using well-chosen adjectives.

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Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written over 200 books. He is also known for promoting creative approaches in the classroom and has experience as a teacher, headteacher and Ofsted inspector. Follow him on Twitter at @PieCorbett. Browse more ideas for teaching setting description.

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Imaginary worlds KS2 – ‘My Iceland’ model text by Pie Corbett

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