Writing to express yourself

We’re celebrating Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week to shine a spotlight on the importance of children’s mental health.  The theme this year is 'expressing yourself'.

Unleash children's imagination by trying our fiction and non-fiction writing activities with your class this week to help pupils express themselves.

Telling Tales

Telling Tales is an inspiring and practical guide by award-winning author Joanna Nadin.  Readers will discover how to hunt down brilliant ideas for stories, get into the minds of characters, and give writing a final, brilliant shine.

Enjoyed reading this book? Learn more about Reading Planet for KS2.

Postcards capturing brilliant moments 

This activity from Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning encourages children to express how they are feeling this week by writing postcards to themselves or to their friends and family celebrating all the things they have achieved this week.

Enjoyed using this activity? Learn more about Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning: Survey and Strategies.

Journal yourself happy

Journalling, making notes or keeping a diary can be a powerful way to express yourself. Writing out what you are thinking and feeling can stop your thoughts and feelings from bouncing around in your head. 

These challenge sheets from This Book Will (Help) Make You Happy encourage children to try different ways to write down how they feel.

Enjoyed using this activity? Learn more about This Book Will (Help) Make You Happy.

Write your own spells

These magical activities, linking to The Wizzards of Once books, ask children to channel their creative superpowers by writing a play script, imagining conversations between their own leading characters, and creating their own spells.

Enjoyed using these activities? Learn more about The Wizzards of Once

Love through the letterbox

With everyone stuck at home during lockdown, now is the perfect opportunity for children to write a letter to a friend or family member that they have not seen recently.  This activity from The Happy Newspaper includes a template for children to write a letter or poem to a loved one.

Enjoyed using this activity? Learn more about The Happy Newspaper.

How can reading and writing help children to express themselves?

Blog from Maddy Barnes sharing her tips and free activities that can be used with classes from Reception to Year 6.

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Short story competition!

Let your pupils' imaginations run wild and enter their stories to win their main character brought to life by an illustrator AND a 1 year free subscription to Reading Planet Online for your school.

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