- What names would you give to these creatures?
- Where do they live?
- What do they eat?
- What kind of personality might they have?
- Can you keep any of them as pets?
- Are they dangerous?
- Which is your favourite? Why?
- Create an information page about a creature of your choice. What sections will you include?
- Try ‘Slow Writing’ as a starting point. Download prompts and examples here (pitched at Year 5/6 level).
- Slow writing prompts – include the following in each of your sentences:
- Include a relative clause
- Include ‘because’, ‘since’, ‘for’ or ‘due to’
- Begin with a conjunction (e.g. despite, although, though)
- Include a generaliser (e.g. most, some, all, many, few)
- Include parenthesis (extra information marked with brackets, dashes or commas)
- Slow writing example paragraphs:
- The Flumpf, a drain-dwelling creature, is often overlooked and underappreciated. Its fur is matted and greasy since it resides in sewers. Despite its repugnant stench, the Flumpf makes a loyal and loving pet – you may even find yourself wanting to cuddle up to it! Many Flumpfs sadly remain untamed. It is worth asking your water company to check your drains (it takes a trained professional to safely lift the manhole covers).
- The Poogle can be deceptively cute until it opens its mouth, which is full of large, dagger-like teeth. Most will only eat meat since greenery can have unpleasant side effects. Though generally sweet-natured, the Poogle’s character can drastically change if given the wrong food. Most vegetables will have even the most docile of Poogles tearing at the furniture and terrorising small children. As a result, all Poogle purchases come complete with a starter pack of meats (enough to last a fortnight) and a list of foods to avoid.
Credit: Bibo Bergeron