Key Stage 2 - Literacy

Years 3 to 6

Literacy sessions on Creative Writing, taught by a published author, and lively Storytelling, join Authors from the Past to offer yet more choice. All sessions and materials are free.

Authors from the Past – Older Literature

A dynamic session where pupils can examine portraits, hear book extracts and discuss the writing techniques of famous authors such as Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Beatrix Potter and, when available, JK Rowling for a modern comparison. Pupils drawing directly from an author’s portrait, and discuss our response to their work today.

  • This session supports the National Literacy Strategy Framework, Year 5: Narrative, Unit 1: Novels and stories by significant children’s authors, and Unit 4: Older literature
  • 90 minutes
  • One class, maximum 30 pupils
  • Follow-up webquest: KS 2 English Just So Stories (reading and writing animal stories)


© National Portrait Gallery, London

Storytelling: Portraits come alive

Expand your children’s imaginations and their drama skills with our storytelling sessions. Ideal across KS2 for launching biographies, adventures, stories that raise issues or have historical settings and for developing speaking and listening skills. Plenty of chances for children to make up their own ideas for carrying on the story in the portrait and creating tableaux or dialogues. Your class will discover that truth really can be stranger than fiction.

Choose a theme:

  • Adventure
  • Discovery
  • Weird and Wonderful

90 minutes
One class, maximum 30 pupils