English KS1 / KS2: How to write an explanation

Chris Packham describes the key elements required to write a good explanation.

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.

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

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

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

Some cards with key features of explanation writing could be shared amongst pupils as they watch the resource.

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 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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