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Writing Descriptive Sentences

Writing sentences that help the reader create a picture in their mind, can be a difficult idea for children to grasp. KS1 and KS2 children often write what colour things are, but forget to use adjectives that describe what it feels, sounds, tastes, smells like.

Helping children write descriptive sentences encourages creativity, language development, and a deeper appreciation for the power of words.

How To Help Children Write Descriptive Sentences

  1. Introduce them to the concept of descriptive language, explaining how it paints vivid pictures in the reader's mind.
    Encourage observation by exploring the world around them – ask them to notice colours, shapes, sizes, and feelings. For example, if they see a butterfly, prompt them to describe its wings using words like "colourful," "fluttering," or "delicate."

  2. Provide engaging prompts that stimulate imagination.
    Encourage them to close their eyes and visualise a scene, then describe it using as many details as possible.
    This exercise allows children to tap into their sensory perceptions, incorporating elements like sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell into their writing. For instance, when describing a rainy day, prompt them to consider the sound of raindrops, the feel of wet grass, and the fresh scent in the air.

  3. Modelling is a powerful tool in teaching descriptive writing.
    Share examples of descriptive sentences from books or create your own to show how specific details enhance the writing.
    Work with your child to create a word bank with descriptive words they can use, expanding their vocabulary and providing them with a valuable resource.

  4. Encourage editing and refinement.
    After writing a descriptive sentence, discuss ways to make it even more engaging. Prompt your child to think about alternative words, sentence structures, or additional details that could enhance the description. This process helps children understand the value of editing their work to make it more interesting.

  5. Celebrate their efforts and provide positive feedback.
    Recognition reinforces their progress and boosts confidence. By creating a supportive learning environment and using these strategies, you can help children to write descriptive sentences that not only showcase their language skills but also ignite a passion for expressive and imaginative writing.

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Free Worksheet To Improve Descriptive Writing

Writing descriptive sentences will help children with their story writing, poetry, report writing and many other types of writing.

This English Worksheet will help KS1 children write descriptive sentences using adjectives.
Look at the picture on the worksheet with your child. Discuss what you can see. Try and encourage your child to use describing words, e.g. describing the colour of things, sounds that might be heard, how something might feel etc.

Write some sentences describing the picture. Describing words (adjectives) have been included on this literacy worksheet to help your child get started.

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