Imaginative writing for 7-11 year olds
Imaginative writing is a major part of English lessons in key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2). In KS2 however, children will be expected to have more organized work and write creatively in a variety of styles. Children should be using their increased vocabulary as well as an increased understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar to show high level imaginative writing. The techniques that children learn in lower KS2 (years 3 and 4) will be built upon in upper KS2 (years 5 and 6).
Planning and organisation
As children enter KS2, they should begin to plan their work. Children should be clear about what they what to write and may be encouraged to practise saying some sentences out loud. Planning is an important part of imaginative writing for children. It is important for children in years 3 and 4 to be planning their work because in years 5 and 6, they will be expected to write for different purposes and audiences, which will require the ability to plan in advance.
However, children also need to be able to organise their imaginative writing in a way that makes sense to the reader. Therefore, children in years 3 and 4 should be using headings and subheading in their plans. This will make sure their stories are structured and therefore make their imaginative writing clear and help to guide the reader. Children in years 5 and 6 might start using bullet point lists in some of their work or in their plans to keep it organised.
Sentences and paragraphs
Paragraphs that children use should be organised around a theme. This is why it is important for children to plan their work. As children progress through KS2, their writing should have a good flow and their sentences and paragraphs should be well structured. Children in years 3 and 4 should be able to use correct grammar and punctuation but also be able to use punctuation to create dramatic effects in their imaginative writing. As they progress into years 5 and 6, they should be using a wider vocabulary and be able to use grammar and punctuation to change the meaning of a phrase. These skills will help children to write for a wider range of styles, purposes and audiences.
After the planning and creativity stage, your child should check the work that the have produced. In KS2, your child will be introduced to new grammar rules, new punctuation and new words. As children learn these rules and words, they should be able to identify mistakes in their work. Children in lower KS2 should be able to proof read and identify inaccurate spellings and punctuation. By the end of year 6 however, children should be confident in proof reading for tense and verb agreements.
It is important that children plan, have good sentence structure and proof read to ensure that they can write for different purposes and audiences. In KS2, imaginative writing will not just be in the form of stories. In years 3 and 4, children will be writing their own poems. As children move into upper KS2, they may begin writing scripts. It is essential that children are confident in how to write in an organised and structured way and for different purposes and audiences before they begin year 7.
Imaginative Writing Resources
Children should be practicing imaginative writing at home. For example, you could use this story writing worksheet, which helps children to focus on the structure of writing and helps them to plan their own work.