The opening of a story is hugely important. Its job is to catch the attention of the reader and make him/her want to read on. If the opening is boring and unimaginative, the reader will switch off. Many younger pupils write “bed-to-bed” stories – where the story begins when they wake up in the morning and ends when they fall asleep at night! Pupils need to be exposed to the many different ways in which a story can begin.