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Yesterday's Yarns


So You Want to Write… a Christmas Detective Story

The Elf Detective Agency has been called to investigate the case of the missing reindeer. Have they wandered off, or is it foul play? Pick the detective, follow the clues and craft a tale to tell us what happened.
Tracy Lambert
192 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

Students will:
Explore features of a detective story
Begin to understand how to show personality and behaviour traits in how they write a character rather than ‘list’ them
Explore basic planning of a story
Think about seasonal descriptions to set their tale aside from a story that could take place at any time (weather, colours, clothing, food, senses, etc)
Writing is my passion and as well as majoring in English at university, along with Theatre Arts, I've almost 20 years of experience in teaching English in primary schools. Over those years, I have worked regularly with groups of children specifically on English writing skills and teaching creative writing online.
I’ve also had a love of and fascination with all things Christmas from an early age and have studied and discovered many traditions, facts and tales over the years. 
No homework is set for this class but learners may choose to write their story in their own time if they decide to use class writing time to plan, outline or partially write their story.
A notebook or paper and something to write with, or device to use for writing.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Informal assessment during class
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
All content is age-appropriate. Disclaimer- any discussions on the existence of Santa will be responded to with the AYP technique (Ask Your Parents! 😊 )
Please note, in keeping with Outschool policy, the Christmas setting will be purely secular. 
Content is created by me specifically for the class.


Tracy Lambert
Lives in the United Kingdom
Building confidence and a love of learning with a student centred approach and fun along the way.
192 total reviews
274 completed classes

About Me

Hello and thank you for stopping by to find out a little more about me. I hail from the UK and live in Kent (the bottom right-hand corner as you look at the map!)
 I graduated from the University of Exeter with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree... 
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