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Recounts (School Trips) - KS1 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Teach children how to write a simple recount with this KS1 text types resource pack. The resources are based on two model texts recounting a class trip and a visiting theatre company. A planning sheet for pupils to write their own recounts is included to support them to write about real events.

This resource includes:

  • Model text 1 - Our farm visit
    A simple recount of a KS1 trip to a local farm, sequencing the events that happen throughout the day
  • Model text 2 - Panto Time!
    This model text recounts the day a theatre group came to school to perform a pantomime. It can be read and annotated by pupils.
  • Recount writing sheet
    A PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing. It includes examples of when capital letters should be used, subordinating conjunctions and past tense verbs
  • Sequencing cards
    A series of cards that contain time adverbials that will help pupils sequence their ideas orally before writing their recounts.
  • 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 1
Pupils will write sentences by saying out loud what they are writing about and composing sentences orally before writing
Pupils should be taught to use capital letters for names of people, places, the days of the week and the personal pronoun ‘I’
Pupils should be taught to begin to punctuate sentences using capital letters ...
year 2
Pupils should write about real events
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 both familiar and new punctuation correctly ...
Pupils will learn how to use subordination (using when, if, that, or because) ...
Pupils will learn how to use the present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form.

  • Model text 1 - Our farm visit
  • Model text 2 - Panto Time!
  • Recount writing sheet
  • Sequencing cards
  • Recount writing plan
  • Writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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