Creating characters using the popular Top Trumps format is a useful way to encourage pupils to think beyond the appearance of their characters and whether they’re adventurous, brave, cowardly or cruel, for example, and to consider their feelings, thoughts and motivations.
As we’ve already seen in this article, using and punctuating direct speech is a significant objective for pupils in lower KS2.
By including space to plan what characters say, the Top Trumps Character profile encourages pupils to include direct speech in their narratives and so create characters with physical presence beyond their appearance.
I find it’s always best to model using a planning template such as this one so that pupils know how to get the most from it.
Once I’ve completed a planning profile with pupils, I then model using it to write effective character descriptions, showing how to include aspects of character through my descriptions of actions, thoughts and dialogue.