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PART 1 - drawing a storymap for the beginning of your story

Today, we are going to start to write the beginning of the story 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear.' Before we do this, we are going to draw a 'storymap' to help us practise saying the beginning in our own words.  Join Mrs Poole on Microsoft teams this morning at 9.30 a.m. to practise re-telling the beginning of the story and how to draw the beginning of your storymap.


Remember a storymap uses pictures to help us remember a story. We only use a couple of important words on our storymap that might be important to help us remember them. Look below to see two examples of storymaps for the stories of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Owl Babies. Storymaps can be written going across each line or in a spiral. In St.Stephens, we  keep our pictures in a straight line to help us with our sentences and use arrows between the pictures, which helps us when we come to write the story, so we know when to start a new sentence.


Storymap examples

Now you are ready to draw the beginning of your storymap. Ask an adult to draw wide lines on a blank piece of paper for you to draw your pictures, like the one below.

REMEMBER - you are only drawing pictures for the beginning of the story (upto where Big bear takes Little Bear back home to the cave, after playing in the snow).

Part 2 - Writing the beginning of the story

When you have drawn the beginning of your story map, you can use it to practise saying the beginning of the story a couple of times in your own words. Then you are ready to write it down in your books (upto where the bears go into the cave).


  • Start with a capital letter
  • End sentences with a full stop or an exclamation mark, if you think one can be used. If you have done your storymap with arrows, then you know that each time you have an arrow, it is a new sentence or a joining word (and, so, because, but etc) to join two sentences together.
  • Use some adjectives to describe the forest and the snow that the bears play in at the beginning of the story. Maybe you could change the adjectives to describe big bear and little bear if you want to, or even add in extra adjectives. You decide, it is your beginning.