Bringing Story Quest to your school

School group in Tunstall Park playground

This resource is intended to help pupils plan, write and edit their own Story Quests around their school following a class visit to complete a trail in their local area. The lessons and activities included are suggestions that can be adapted to suit the needs and interests of your class.

This resource supports the intended outcomes of the project by providing ideas for lessons and activities that will support pupils in writing their own Story Quest in readiness for publication and/or delivering to parents and peers.

National curriculum links

Story Quest is designed to support teachers to provide meaningful experiences in the local area for children in Key Stage Two which also meet national curriculum requirements for writing. The activities also support students' reading, spoken language and evaluation skills in encouraging them to share their work with their peers and provide feedback to each other.

Through participation in project activities, pupils will use different strategies to develop new ideas and express them through their writing in varied and engaging ways.

Here are the key areas of the national curriculum the project meets:

Key stage 2

English programme of study: writing

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Plan their writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure
  • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary
  • Draft and write by creating settings, characters and plot
  • Evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
  • Read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.