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Recounts (School Trips) - KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Teach children how to write a recount with this KS2 text types resource pack. Two model texts based on events that might occur in a school are included to inspire writing. Pupils will then write their own recounts about a recent trip or event.

This resource includes:

  • Model text 1 - Museum trip
    An example recount about a recent school trip to a museum.
  • Model text 2 - Hockey Team Success!
    A recount about a hockey match from a school newsletter
  • Recount writing sheet
    Two PDFs (for LKS2 and UKS2) containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing, and examples of grammar for LKS2 (paragraphs and pronouns) and UKS2 (brackets, synonyms and antonyms).
  • 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 draft and write by organising paragraphs around a theme
Pupils should be taught to choose nouns and pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition.

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 brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis
Pupils should learn how words are related by meaning as synonyms and antonyms



  • Model text 1 - Museum trip
  • Model text 2 - Hockey Team Success!
  • Recount writing sheet
  • Recount writing plan
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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