Story structure – Rewriting a traditional tale with Pie Corbett

What's included?

PDF and PowerPoint

Key Stage



Years 3-6


Use this original detective short story structure from Pie Corbett as a model text for your class. Then work through the story structure activities, created by Pie himself.

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  • Full PDF of the story and activities
  • The story as a PowerPoint

Teaching notes

The Bulldozer is based on the fable of the three little pigs. Traditional tales like this make an excellent resource for playful writing.

The children already know the story structure and can manipulate it for different purposes. In the included detective story, a couple of children set up their own detective agency and get involved on the sidelines of various fairytale plots where there is an obvious villain.

This works well with the following combinations of stories and villains:

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Goldilocks (yes, she’s a villain!)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk – the giant and Jack
  • Little Red Riding Hood – the wolf
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff – the troll

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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. He has experience as a teacher, headteacher and Ofsted inspector. Follow him on Twitter at @PieCorbett.

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Story structure – Rewriting a traditional tale with Pie Corbett

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