English KS1 / KS2: How to write a non-chronological report

BBC journalist Sonali Shah explains how writing non-chronological reports requires an understanding of the planning, writing and drafting process.

Sonali takes you through the process from start to finish; identifying the key features of non-chronological writing and emphasising the importance of researching, drafting and proof-reading in her job as a journalist.

She also explains how important it is to engage the reader by using appropriate vocabulary.

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

Teacher Notes

Watch this short film together and ask your pupils to consider the following questions:

What is needed to write a good non-chronological report?

What features are required? Can you remember any technical language to describe the features?

When writing a non-chronological report, what format should it take?

As a group, come up with a list of the criteria required to write a successful non-chronological report.

Pupils could then write their own. These could either be related to aspects of the curriculum – science, geography, history; or pupils could write reports which express their own interests.

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 discussion text
How to write a recount
How to write an explanation