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Historical Recounts - KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Teach children how to write a historical recount with this KS2 text types resource pack. Two model texts recounting key historical events - the discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and the Anglo-Saxon battle of Edington - are included, showing WAGOLL (what a good one looks like), to inspire writing. Pupils will then write their own historical recounts based on a topic or event that pupils are currently studying or have an interest in.

This KS2 resource pack includes:

  • Model text 1 - The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb! - An example text recounting this historical discovery.
  • Model text 2 - The Battle of Edington - A historical recount of the events of the battle led by Anglo-Saxon king, Alfred the Great
  • Historical recount writing sheets - Two PDFs (for LKS2 and UKS2) containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing, and examples of grammar for LKS2 (adverbs and subordinating conjunctions) and UKS2 (past perfect and past perfect progressive tense and semi-colons).
  • Recount writing plan - A worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing.
  • Themed writing paper

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.
Pupils should be taught to extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions including when, if, because, although

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.
Pupils should be taught to use semi-colons ... to mark boundaries between independent clauses
Pupils should learn how to use the past perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause

  • Model text 1 - The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb!
  • Model text 2 - The Battle of Edington
  • Historical recount writing sheet for LKS2
  • Historical recount writing sheet for UKS2
  • Recount writing plan
  • Themed writing paper
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