Journey Stories

This half term Year 1 have been learning and writing journey stories.

We started by learning a story called ‘The Papaya That Spoke’. We drew a story map and added actions to help us remember it. We also used puppets to retell the story. Have a look on Seesaw to see our puppet shows!

We practised using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’ to join 2 sentences together so that we could use them in our own story writing.

Then we worked together in our classes to change the characters and the setting in the story. Panthers changed the story to ‘The Banana That Spoke’ and Lions chose ‘The Watermelon That Spoke’. We worked hard to learn the new story by heart before working hard to write the new story down.

Finally this week we have been working independently to change the story ourselves. We are trying hard to keep our handwriting neat with clear ascenders (tall letters) and descenders (letters that sit below the line). We have also been thinking carefully about the punctuation we use and our spelling.


How to Support at Home

  • Ask your child to tell you their new story – you could have them retell alongside the recording on Seesaw
  • When reading stories at home have a go at changing the characters and settings and then retell the story with your new ideas
  • Continue to complete weekly handwriting homework – remember to watch your child to check they are forming each letter correctly
  • Practise spelling the words on your word mats that you have at home