Knock, knock. Who’s there?

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By Nina Filipekfreelance education writer

Use a variety of doors to provide an exciting springboard for stimulating writing, speaking, listening and drama activities

Door made from card

Create a door from card to present the children’s creative writing

Open sesame!

Use the internet or look in old magazines for pictures of doors, including the less obvious, for example microwave oven doors or washing machine doors. Ask the children to choose one of the doors and plan a story where the door provides a problem for the main characters, for example: The door slammed shut with a sickening thud. She kicked, pleaded and screamed at it, but nothing budged… The children then need to find a resolution and bring their story to a satisfying conclusion. The type of door they choose will set the scene for the type of story they write, for instance, a trapdoor would be perfectly placed in a spooky story.

What’s behind the door?

Write the question: What’s behind the door? on the whiteboard. Invite possible answers and discuss different scenarios. Encourage a variety of responses, for example medicines in a medicine cabinet, pet hamster in a cage, prisoner in a cell, a family watching TV, Christmas presents hidden in a cupboard, the Crown Jewels, money in a bank’s vault. Let the children choose one of the scenarios and turn it into a short piece of imaginative writing, presented either as a poem or narrative text. Alternatively, ask younger children to finish the list poem below.

*Behind closed doors

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