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KS1 Writing

This week we will be writing to inform.  We will be learning to write a recount. 
Our recount writing this week will be based around the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'.  You will need this story every day to start the lesson!  On Monday you will need to read this to your child.  However as the week progresses we expect that your child takes over reading it to you. By Friday they should be able to tell you the story using a lively storytelling voice!
Each day you will notice there are two challenges. Challenge one is aimed at the year one children and challenge two is aimed at year 2.  However if you feel the other task is more suited to your child please complete the one you feel is best.



Read the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' together (above).  Talk about what happens to the Gingerbread Man.  This story is like a recount.  It tells us what happened to the Gingerbread Man in order!


CHALLENGE:  Think about everything you have done today.  Can you tell your grown up? Make sure you tell your recount of your morning in the correct order! Here's mine:


At 7am my alarm clock woke me up.  I jumped out of bed and went to the bathroom.  I used the toilet and had a shower. Next I got dressed and did my hair.  After that I went downstairs and I ate some cornflakes for my breakfast. They were very crunchy!  My Mum said it was 9am so we turned on the computer and looked at my learning for today.  I was very excited to see that we would be doing Maths first!


CHALLENGE 2: Can you write down the recount you told?  Remember to use capital letters and full stops.




When we write a recount there are certain features we have to try to include.  Read the document below and talk about the things we need to include.


Here is a recount I wrote about my holiday last year.  Read it together.

My Best Holiday

Last year my family and I went on the most amazing holiday to Spain. My Dad wanted to go there because he said that he was fed up with sitting around in the damp and gloom!


It was baking hot in Spain. There was a big swimming pool so we spent a lot of time splashing in the water.


We went to a beach and I loved playing in the sea with my sister.  My Mum got us an ice-cream because it was so hot!  It was delicious!


One of the best things about the holidays was that Dad took us out for tea each night!  One night we had fish and chips and they were the best I have ever had!


When we got home we went to see Gran and gave her the present we got her.  It was a new apron that said Spain on it.




CHALLENGE 1: What features can you see in my recount?  Discuss these with your grown up at home.

CHALLENGE 2: Can you use one of these of these features in a short recount of your own?  


We have learnt that recounts have to be written in time order.  Today we are going to prepare to write a recount of the Gingerbread Man's day.  Re-read the story and then see if you can complete the challenges.




Can you sequence the pictures of the story so that they are in the correct order?  Look at the pictures together and decide which order they come in(you do not need to print this).


Can you draw a story map of the Gingerbread Man?  Remember to draw the main events of the story in the correct order!  There is a video below to help you if you are not sure what to do!

'The Gingerbread Man' Story Map

Thursday and Friday


Now we are going to write our recount of the Gingerbread Man.  This will take you two days.  Look at the pictures from yesterday to support you with your writing.  Write a sentence or two for each picture to recount what happened to the Gingerbread Man.




Year 1
  • Use a capital letter so start your sentences and for name, places and I
  • Use a full stop to end your sentences.
  • Remember your finger spaces
  • Use your sound chart and tricky words word bank to help you sound out new words.
  • Use the conjunction 'and' 
  • Make sure you write in the past tense!
Year 2
  • All of the year 1 as above plus:
  • Use a range of conjunctions
  • Noun phrases
  • A range of punctuation including , ?!' (comma, question mark, exclamation mark and apostrophes)