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Postcards - KS1 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Teach children how to write a postcard with this KS1 text types resource pack. Pupils will write their own postcards recounting a holiday, real or imagined. It could be used within a geography unit about the British Isles, with pupils describing the physical and human features of the places they have visited.

Two model texts are included to inspire writing.

This resource includes:
Model Text 1 - Wish You Were Here! An example postcard written by a child to his best friend, recounting the first few days of his holiday in Cornwall.
Model Text 2 - Hello Gran An example postcard recounting a holiday in Scotland.
Postcard writing sheet: a PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing. It includes examples of simple time adverbials and adjectives.
Postcards Ideas Sheet - Describing Places: a PDF worksheet for pupils to collect ideas before independent writing.
Postcard 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 postcard?
A postcard is a type of 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 - Wish You Were Here!
  • Model Text 2 - Hello Gran
  • Postcard writing sheet
  • Postcards Ideas Sheet
  • Postcard Writing Plan
  • Writing Paper
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