Atmosphere KS2 – Help pupils create a captivating mood

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Years 3-6


Use this WAGOLL extract and accompanying atmosphere KS2 resource pack to help teach your pupils how they can use language and style to create a captivating mood in their writing.

The WAGOLL extract is from Tamsin Mori’s Winter’s Keep, which is the third book in the Weather Weaver trilogy. Throughout this story, main character Stella must make hard choices about who to trust. If she gets it wrong, she risks plunging the world into endless winter…

This atmosphere KS2 download contains:

  • Exploring writers’ techniques worksheets
  • Images
  • Planning sheet
  • Poster
  • Teacher notes
  • Text extract
  • Working wall resources

Four steps to impactful writing from Tamsin Mori

  • Poetry scraps – a bit like artists start with sketches, I often start with scraps of writing. I always carry a notebook and instead of drawings, I use poems to capture a scene, mood, or idea. I think of them as word sketches.
  • Flex your writing muscles – even when I’m not working on a book, I write something every day, just to keep my writing brain in shape. Writing gets easier the more you do it.
  • Active editing – when there’s no-one around, try getting out of your seat and acting out a scene, complete with expressions and movements.
  • Choose juicy words – for me, the mood of the scene decides the word choices. Calmer scenes have time for meandering descriptions of setting and longer sentences. Active scenes are packed with bouncy verbs – jump, rush, hurry – and sentences tend to be shorter.

Winter’s Keep by Tamsin Mori (£7.99, UCLAN Publishing) is available now.

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