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Writing Ideas and Expectations

Book are being sent home for your children to complete writing projects in. We will be collecting the books in when the children return to school. Below are some suggestions for pieces of work we would like children to complete. Please work through them at your child’s pace and in whatever order you choose. There is no set length for each of the pieces, if your child is particularly keen on a project it could go on for several days over several pages, or it may be a quick half page project. We would like children to spend at least 30 minutes writing per day. Here are some ideas of what to write:


  • Write your own versions of Traditional Tales such as Goldilocks and the three bears, the three Billy Goats Gruff, The Gingerbread man, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, the Elves and the Shoemaker and any others you like! You could include some illustrations for your stories too. Maybe you could change how the story ends or change the characters? What would the Little Red Riding Hood story be like if the Wolf was good?
  • Make something tasty in your kitchen and then write a recipe to share with your friends when you are back at school. You could take photos to include too! If you do lots we could make a Year 1/2 recipe book.
  • Do a nature survey in your garden and then research and make notes about what you have found. After that, use your facts to write a factsheet/non-chronological report about British Wildlife. Remember to include a title, subtitles, an introduction, ‘did you know?’ boxes, pictures with labels or captions and paragraphs of writing.
  • Research a notable person from history and write a biography. You might like to spend a couple of days making notes, collecting photos etc. and then a couple of days designing a fun and informative report.
  • Research a person/people from your own family tree and prepare a project to share with the class about them. What was life like when they were a child? What was their school like? What did they do when they grew up? How have they affected your family? If you have older relatives you could video call them/telephone them and get them to tell you about what life was like when they were little and how it has changed today.
  • Create a brochure about a place you have been, what was there to do? Would you recommend visiting? How would you get there? Where could you stay?
  • Keep a diary.
  • Go to the KS1 Literacy Shed at and look at the writing prompts for the films and pictures.
  • Make a fact file. It could be about Mexico, your pet, your family, Space, Christmas or anything you choose! Give it a title, sub-headings, a ‘did you know’ box and add some pictures with captions.
  • Design a family tree; who were your ancestors? Write a fact about each one.
  • Write a letter to an alien, the Easter bunny, someone you haven’t seen for a while or a famous author. You could write a mysterious letter from an alien…
  • Write a book review of your favourite book. Why did you like it, what was the best bit, who would you recommend it to?
  • Write a poem.
  • Write a description of your garden or local park.
  • Write a story. It could be a fairy tale, the story of an alien who crash landed, the book version of your favourite film or you could make up your own. You could even take a well-known story and change it….
  • Write a list: shopping list, a list of animals and their babies, a list of what is under your bed!
  • Practise your letter formation; for example fill an outline of a dog with ds, or a box with bs.  
  • Practise cursive letter formation and joined up writing. Make a frieze, like this:
  • Keep a log of birds or frogs in your garden, or of how the trees and plants are changing each day.
  • Write some instructions for how to use a machine or gadget in your house.
  • Write about a scientific investigation indoors or in the garden; think of a question and then answer it! For example, ‘what will happen if I mix …….. with ………..?’ or ‘how does this work….?’ Make sure you involve an adult!
  • Design your own top trump cards.
  • Write a newspaper article.
  • Write some instructions about how to wash your hands properly, or for a recipe or how to play a game.
  • Make up your own song and write down the lyrics.
  • Keep a weather chart. What’s the weather like each day? What’s the temperature?
  • Write invitations to your toys, inviting them to a tea party. Then write thank you notes from your toys afterwards.
  • Write down all your favourite jokes!
  • Make a register for your toys and take the register each morning (before teaching them how to write!)
  • Write a postcard to a friend. Copy it onto a real postcard and post it to them.
  • Write a menu for a restaurant.


Please refer to the PDF below to see what the expectations for writing in year 1 and year 2 are. These will help you know what to encourage your child to include in their writing. We hope you find all the suggestions useful. If you have your own ideas for projects, these as always, are very welcome too. We love your creativity! Use your neatest handwriting and do add pictures and photos. We look forward to seeing your books when we’re all back at school. We hope you have fun doing these projects. The children will get chance to share all of their lovely work with their class when they are back in school.

The PDF document below outlines the expectations for writing in year 1 and year 2 so should act as guidance for you when you are helping your child to write at home.