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Explanations (present tense; subordinating conjunctions) - KS1 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Teach children how to write engaging explanations with this KS1 text types resource pack. Pupils will write their own explanatory texts about how a plant grows or how to look after a pet.

Two model texts are included to inspire writing.

This resource includes:

  • Model Text 1 - How Does Cress Grow? An example explanation linked to the science curriculum.
  • Model Text 2 - How Should I Look After My Pet Cat? An example explanation linked to a topic pupils may have some knowledge of.
  • Explanation writing sheet: a PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing. It includes examples of present tense verbs and conjunctions.
  • Explanation idea cards: a PDF to inspire pupils’ independent writing.
  • Explanation writing plan: a worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing.
  • Writing frame: A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work.

What is an explanation?
An explanation tells the reader how or my something happens or naturally occurs, or how and why something must be completed in a series of logical steps.

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 a subordinating conjunctions
pupils will learn how to write in the present tense

  • Model Text 1 - How Does Cress Grow?
  • Model Text 2 - How Should I Look After My Pet Cat?
  • Explanation writing sheet
  • Explanation idea cards
  • Explanation writing plan
  • Writing frame
  • Teaching notes
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