Writing Non-Fiction

Primary teachers give top ideas for teaching non-fiction writing In this film, 4 teachers share their strategies for supporting their KS1 and KS2 pupils in writing non-fiction, focusing on the following text types: discussion, explanation, instruction and recount.

Teaching ideas range from pupils learning the rules of different text types through physical actions – a technique that Deputy Head, Peta Blow, calls the VAK (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic) approach; to organising a debate to encourage ideas to flow for discussion texts; getting children to design an imaginary machine to help with writing their explanation texts; and sending pupils off around school to interview teachers about events taking place to provide substance for their recounts.

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