Oktapodi - an adventure story
If you're looking for a primary story writing idea, this lesson sequence is for you! I have taught it in Year 3 but colleagues have also taught it with older children and had fantastic results! I've included a free resource with a PowerPoint, planning etc at the bottom of this page.
This short animated film is completely engaging, fast paced and action packed. It contains no dialogue and the vivid animations make it a super stimulus for a great piece of writing. Watch it before you continue.
If you like the look of Oktapodi, follow the lesson sequence in my video below, where I talk you through the planning and story writing sequence step-by-step. I do go on a bit, so you could just download the resource pack below and then watch the video if you're unsure.
Below are examples of pupils' work using this lesson sequence. Thank you Viv for sending me them - it really made my day!
Kids love this unit and it's produced some great writing. If you decide to use it, please let me know how it goes in the comments section below or by emailing me (I love seeing what you guys have done): firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download my resource pack here. It contains planning, my model text for the Oktapodi story and a PowerPoint for each stage of the sequence plus a prompt for the independent piece (basically everything from the video plus planning).