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

Sonali Shah demonstrates the process of planning, writing and editing a sports story that she is working on about ‘What happens in a footballer’s medical?’

She 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 sports journalist.

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

Keywords and examples are presented on the screen to support pupils writing in this genre.

This clip is from the series Literacy Text Types: The Facts About Non-Fiction

Teacher Notes

Watch the clip together and ask the 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.

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

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