English KS1 / KS2: How to write a discussion text

Newsround presenter Leah Boleto explains how discursive writing requires an understanding of the difference between facts and opinions, and how to use connecting phrases and statistics.

Leah outlines how to research in different ways to find supporting evidence, such as statistics, which will justify your arguments.

She also demonstrates how to summarise information and write a closing statement.

This short film is from the BBC series, The Facts About Non-Fiction.

Teacher Notes

Ask pupils as a group to come up with arguments ‘for’ and ‘against’ wearing a school uniform.

They can then watch this short film and check if they predicted the same reasons as Leah.

Set them the challenge of writing their own discussion piece on a topic using all the techniques outlined by Leah.

You could also use the detailed explanation of writing in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person as part of a grammar lesson about pronouns.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching English at KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from The Facts About Non-Fiction:

How to write clear instructions
How to write a persuasive text
How to write a recount
How to write a non-chronological report
How to write an explanation