Skip to content ↓
Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

Developing Writing

Level 3 - greater depth writing activities for further study after IXL activities have been completed.

Autumn Term

write a letter about an important issue

In this challenge, you’ll need to write an open letter about an important issue such as climate change!  Think about:

  • What important issue would you like to change?
  • Who will you write to?
  • How will you convince them to help?

It’s time to grab a paper and pen and write your own! 

Click on the link below to watch a video where  children read out their own examples, and to download a letter template to use if you would like (scroll down to #3 Write a letter):


Write a balanced argument

Write a for/against argument for using plastic bags in shops. 

Click on the link below to watch a short video exploring arguments for and against. Take notes as you watch and then write a short balanced argument using the formal adverbials and vocabulary you have learned in school. Don't forget to give your opinion in the conclusion!









100 word challenge!

Your challenge is to write 100 words (more or less!) which include the speech below:

“It doesn’t matter what you think, does it?”…

Remember, the speech can be at the start, in the middle or at the end of your writing.

Where will you set your writing?

Who will the characters be?

Will it be in the form of a story?/ a diary? / a newspaper report? / a poem?!

The choice is yours!!








Creative Writing Challenge 1

Story starter!

She had been tracking the deer.  Her parents had taught her how.

One hour before, finding the hoof prints in the soft earth, she had followed the trail of broken twigs and occasional nibbled leaf until she had located it. Creeping slowly and quietly, not making even the slightest sound, she remained undetected.

She had stumbled across the mysterious circles in a clearing in the forest, and watched as the deer approached them. With a slight twitch of its ears, the deer stepped indifferently through the first circle, and vanished. Completely vanished.

The girl let out a gasp, and walked towards the circles to investigate…

Can you continue the story? Does the girl step through the circle? What happens? How will the story finish?



Creative Writing Challenge 2



Use the story starter and questions below to write a short story about the picture above. 

Story Starter!

Sean wasn’t sure if he was the only person who had heeded the warnings. A great flood had swept over the planet, and now life was very different…

(you can change his name if you want to….!)










Creative Writing Challenge 2

Click on the link below to watch the 5 minute film about a group of meerkats living in the savannah.  One day, their peaceful existence is disrupted by a vulture intent on stealing their pride and joy. Will the meerkats be able to get it back?

Tell the story (or part of the story) from one of the meerkat’s point of view – so using the first person (I).

Describe how it feels to be in the African savannah, so that the reader can really imagine what it’s like to be there…













Spring TerM

write a BOOK REVIEW!

In this challenge, you'll write a book review on one of your favourite books!

Watch the introduction video, then watch a few examples made by other children.

You’ll need to write:

  • An introduction
  • A synopsis
  • Your highlights
  • A rating and summary

It’s time to grab a paper and pen and write your own! You can download a template to fill in below.










write an atmospheric description!

This half-term in school, we will be focusing on creating atmosphere in our writing.  We will be writing two atmospheric narratives (stories) - one based on the Nordic myth of Beowulf!

Use the picture below to write an atmospheric paragraph (or two!) that sets the scene and creates atmosphere for the reader. Will your atmosphere be one of excitement or mystery, suspense or hope, gloom or happiness?

Use these to help:

Fronted adverbials; five senses; expanded noun phrases; powerful verbs and adverbs; figurative language (metaphors, similes, personification); power of 3.

100 word challenge!

You can write whatever you like! Tell a story, write a poem, talk about an event... anything - as long as it is 100 words and uses the picture below.

So what are you waiting for...give it a go! 
















Creative Writing Challenge 1


Story starter! 

Being big had its advantages....

Question time!
  • Has the character in the picture always been so big?
  • What has caused him to grow to this size?
  • Where do you think he might be going?
  • How will 'normal sized' people feel when they see him?
  • What's on the other side of the wall he's stepping over?
  • Are all his family this big?



Creative Writing Challenge 2


Look at the picture of the tiny dragon above.  Use the questions below to help you make notes to plan a story involving the dragon.  How will the story start? Will it end on a cliffhanger - or will there be a happy ending? (You can just plan the story, or if you feel inspired, you might want to write it too!!)

  • Where is it from?
  • Why is it so small?
  • Are there more like him?
  • Where does he live?
  • How will you look after it?
  • Will you keep it a secret or tell someone?
  • What is it called?
  • Is it magic?  What magic can it do?


Creative Writing Challenge 3
The Hobbit - an unexpected Journey

Watch the opening scenes of The Hobbit when Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, meets Gandalf, the wizard, for the first time. (Scroll down to The Hobbit and make it full screen if you would like to....)

Retell the opening to the story of The Hobbit by:

  • setting the scene and creating atmosphere for the reader (use all 5 senses to help the reader build an image in their head)
  • use speech punctuation and adverbs to describe the characters talking to each other - how do they interact with each other? Show how they are feeling...
  • what is Bilbo thinking when he goes back inside his burrow? This could be the end of Chapter 1!



Summer Term