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Diary Recounts (A Special Day) - KS1 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Teach children how to write a diary recount with this KS1 text types resource pack. Pupils will write their own diaries based on a special day, real or imagined.

Two model texts are included to inspire writing.

This resource includes:

  • Model text 1 - It’s my birthday! - an example diary about an event that children will be familiar with
  • Model text 2 - A trip to the zoo - an example diary recounting a day out.
  • Diary recount writing sheet: a PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing. It includes examples of simple time adverbials and adjectives..
  • ‘A Special Day’ idea cards: a PDF to inspire pupils independent writing.
  • Diary recount writing plan: a worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing.
  • Writing paper: A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work.

What is a recount?
A recount is written in the past tense about events that have happened. Examples of texts that are recounts include: diaries, an account of a school event or trip out, an historical account of events, letters and postcards, newspaper articles and retelling well-known stories.

National Curriculum English programme of study links:

Year 1
Pupils will write sentences by saying out loud what they are writing about and composing sentences orally before writing

Year 2
Pupils should write for a range of purposes
Pupils should consider what they are going to write about before beginning by planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about
Pupils will learn how to use expanded noun phrases

  • Model text 1 - It's my birthday!
  • Model text 2 - A trip to the zoo
  • Diary recount writing sheet
  • 'A Special Day' idea cards
  • Diary recount writing plan
  • Writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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