What Is Creative Writing?
Your child will explore their imagination and inventiveness through writing stories, traditional tales and different types of poems. Creative writing gives your child freedom to use their skills and apply them to entertaining forms of writing. They will understand that the purpose of fiction and poetry is to entertain the reader and make them think. During year 4, your child will start to plan out stories in much more detail. They will create detailed settings, thinking clearly about how the setting will affect the course of the story and if it matches the theme of the narrative. For example, if they are writing an ancient Viking myth, a setting of space wouldn’t work, so they must create ones that are relevant to ancient myths. At this stage, your child will create more complex characters - with a history, descriptive physical appearance, emotions, motivations, strengths and weaknesses. Your child will have looked at some simple forms of poetry, such as acrostics and shape poems earlier in primary school. Over the course of year 4 (and further into upper key stage 2), your child will discover and explore different forms of poetry. They will begin to use free verse and narrative poems. They will also begin to explore types of poetry that have specific rules, such as kennings and haikus.
Read, Read, Read! To help your child become more familiar with different types of poetry, you could try reading a wide variety of poems together. Talk about the poems and discuss what images and creative language is used in them. What effect do different words have on the reader?
Role on the Wall To help your child get used to identifying the many features that make up a character, have a go at creating a ‘role on the wall’. Choose a character from a story, TV series or film, then draw an outline of the character on a piece of paper. On the outside of the outline, your child can write as many things as possible that describe the character’s appearance. On the inside of the outline, your child can write as many things that describe the character’s personality and emotions.
Simile Hunt A simile is a figure of speech that compares one thing with another thing. For example, the car flew as fast as a bullet along the road. The car’s speed is being compared to a bullet leaving a gun. While you are out and about with your little one, try comparing things with other things. See how many similes you can create.
Syllable Count To help your child to recognise and count syllables, try creating your own syllable band. Through clapping, clicking or stamping, your child can create a sound to accompany each syllable of a sentence. When reading a story together, encourage your child to count the number of syllables in a sentence, by clapping, clicking or stamping.