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This term we are writing to inform the reader.

We will be focusing on writing recounts in different forms- diaries, biographies and newspaper reports.


Below is an example of a diary ...



Diary Checklist

Did they…

  • include the date and/or time?
  • use the words ‘I’, ‘my’, ‘we’ and ‘our’?
  • write as if they were there?
  • talk about where events happened?
  • write about the most important events in order?
  • describe their feelings?
  • use time linking words, e.g. next, first, then?

We had an amazing WOW DAY linked to our topic BEAT, BANG BOOGIE!We then wrote about our experiences in the format of a diary!

We read the story of Chatterbox Ben as a class , which had some examples of diary writing in. We looked at different sentence types and tried to write an example of a statement, question , commands and exclamation mark sentences linked to the story!


What is a biography?

A biography is a non-fictional literary genre that provides a detailed description of events over the course of a person's life. It's not written by the subject of the book, but by an author who has done lots of research and knows a great deal about the person in question. An autobiography, on the other hand, is written by the person themselves.

A biography can include information about when and where the subject was born, their childhood and important events in their lives. Biographies can include information about what a person did or achieved, as well as their experience of the event in question.

In this sense, a biography includes more than basic facts about a person, such as work, education and relationships. If the person is no longer alive, a biography may also include information about when and how they died. 

Our Biographies!


This is an example text that  includes the key features of a KS1 news report.

This fun newspaper report includes some key features that KS1 children could include in a news report.

Newspaper reports can be a great way to engage children in writing recounts and writing for different purposes.



How do you write a newspaper report?


  • A newspaper report should include a headline that grabs attention.
  • It may include alliteration or a pun to engage the reader.
  • The news report should include key facts about what happened, without the writer giving their opinion on the events.
  • The article could include quotes from witnesses about their experience.
  • The report should explain the events in order and can use time words and phrases to make the sequence of events clear.
  • Newspaper reports often include a photo and a caption.

Our Newspaper Learning!