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Diary Recounts (Explorers) - KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Teach children how to write a diary recount with this KS2 text types resource pack. Pupils will write their own diaries based around the theme of ‘explorers’, including a model text about a polar exploration and another about exploring on holiday. The resources could be used as part of a geographical study of places, giving pupils the opportunity to describe the places that they have studied. Two model texts are included to inspire writing.

This resource includes:

  • Model text 1 - A Polar Exploration: An example diary about an event that children will be familiar with
  • Model text 2 - Beach Explorers: An example diary recounting the discovery of a cave
  • Diary recount writing sheet: a PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing, differentiated for LKS2 and UKS2
  • Exploring ideas worksheet: a PDF for pupils to collect ideas for 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 3/4
Pupils should plan their writing by discussing writing that is similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.

Year 5 /6
Pupils should plan their writing by identifying the audience for and purpose for writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.



  • Model text 1 - A Polar Exploration
  • Model text 2 - Beach Explorers
  • Diary recount writing sheet
  • Exploring ideas worksheet
  • Diary recount writing plan
  • Writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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