English KS1 / KS2: How to write a recount

Michael Rosen explains how writing a recount requires an understanding of chronological order or sequencing, and how to structure a piece of writing.

Michael outlines that recount writing should have a beginning, middle and ending.

He also describes how pupils can use emotive language to make their writing more interesting.

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

Teacher Notes

In this short film two different planning skeletons are presented – a timeline and a picture to sequence events.

You could use one or both of these planning skeletons in a shared/guided writing session to demonstrate how to plan a recount.

Pupils could then choose which skeleton they prefer.

You could read a picture book to your pupils and ask them to sequence key events from the story using either the timeline or the picture diagram. Pupils may use these skeletons as their own planning skeletons.

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 non-chronological report
How to write an explanation