High praise for young story writer Larissa

Larissa Vickers (11) and Chloe Bradley (10).
Larissa Vickers (11) and Chloe Bradley (10).

A pupil at St Margaret’s Primary School in Withern has received praise from ‘Big Writing’ creator Ros Wilson after penning a short story.

Year Six pupil Larissa Vickers has been taking part in the ‘100 Word Challenge’ along with her classmates since September, as part of her English lessons.

St Margaret’s is one of 21 schools that are taking part in the scheme, which has seen their pupils treble their improvements, on average.

At the beginning of each week, pupils are given a prompt word, phrase or genre that they must then incorporate into a short story

On the week in question, Larissa’s prompt was to rewrite a traditional fairy tale. She wrote her own version of Rapunzel, with a surprising plot twist involving shaving her head.

Ros Wilson, who is internationally renowned in the world of education and created the ‘Big Writing’ scheme used in many UK and overseas primary schools, read Larissa’s story online and tweeted: “What lovely writing” and, when told that it was all Larissa’s own work, followed up with “Wow.”

Larissa said: “I had lots of ideas, but the Rapunzel one seemed funny. I am really happy with the praise from Ros Wilson”.

Year Five pupil Chloe Bradley, a high-achieving reading and writing pupil, wrote a version of Three Little Pigs in which all but one of the pigs end up dying.

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