English KS1 / KS2: How to write an explanation

Chris Packham explains how writing an explanation requires an understanding of chronological order or sequencing, how to use technical language and how to write succinctly.

He outlines how to use short, simple sentences, logical sequenced steps and technical vocabulary that may need explaining in a glossary.

He also explains how to use causal linking words and time linking conjunctions.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as an introduction to writing explanation texts.

You could pause the clip at various stages in order to ask pupils questions and check their understanding.

Some cards with key features of explanation writing could be shared around your class as they watch the video.

After watching they could write definitions and examples for these cards.

Pupils could also create a success criteria for their own writing after watching the features be explained in this resource.

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 a non-chronological report