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

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

Two model texts are included, showing WAGOLL (what a good one looks like), to inspire writing and explore diary entry features.

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.

What is a diary entry?

This is a first-person recount written in the form of a diary entry. Its function is to give an account of events that have happened, adding a personal perspective, emotion, feeling and possibly an explanation or two where required.

What is included in this resource?

  • Model text 1 - It’s my birthday! - an example diary entry about an event that children will be familiar with
  • Model text 2 - A trip to the zoo - an example diary entry 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 to create expanded noun phrases in year 2.
  • ‘A Special Day’ idea cards: a PDF to inspire pupils independent writing.
  • Diary recount writing plan: a diary entry template to support pupils to plan and structure their writing.
  • Writing paper: A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work.

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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