Pre-School felt inspired when exploring some of their favourite stories so decided to create their own.
To do this we introduced the children to a special structuring tool called a Story Mountain. We started at the bottom setting the scene, then as we climbed the mountain we started to add the characters and places they were visiting. As we went up and over the summit, we created a problem for our characters to solve and everyone suggested interesting and exciting ideas to help solve the problem. Finally we reached the bottom of the mountain which represented the end of our story where all of our characters were safe (apart from the Polar Bear who was eaten by the Wolf!). This really helped Pre-School to understand how to structure a story or their own, but also how to recognise structure within their favourite stories.
We spoke about how the characters in our story would have felt during their adventure, which prompted Pre-School to begin talking about their own feelings too. We played ‘pass the emotion’ in a circle, only using our facial expressions to show our friends how our character felt. This stimulated lots of discussion about how to express ourselves to others, and a few funny faces too of course!
Watch this space for our future authors and illustrators!