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Non-chronological report

Y6 Non-chronological report- Charles Darwin


National curriculum content

  • Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
  • Noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
  • In writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed.
  • Selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.
  • In narratives, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action.
  • Using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • Ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing.
  • Ensuring correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural, distinguishing between the language of speech and writing and choosing the appropriate register.
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors.


Lesson objectives

  • To read and internalise the model text
  • To identify and define new vocabulary
  • To understand the structure of a non-chronological report
  • To generate effective sentences for a non-chronological report opener
  • To generate effective sentences for a non-chronological report
  • To use direct address
  • To use cause and effect conjunctions
  • To contribute to a shared write
  • To innovate the model text with own ideas
  • To write independently using the skills taught


What we want children to know and the skills necessary to achieve this:

  • How to write for a range of purposes and audiences
  • Effective ways of describing characters, settings and atmosphere
  • How to create cohesion within and between paragraphs
  • How to use dialogue to convey the character and advance the action
  • Proofread and check for errors
  • Edit and assess the effectiveness of own writing
  • Plan their own composition
  • Use a logical order to sequence
  • Use active and passive verbs for effect
  • Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity
  • Use rhetorical questions
  • Securely use subordinating and coordinating conjunctions


Grammar and punctuation vocabulary

Modal verbs; sequence; sub-heading; tense; active and passive verb; hyphen; rhetorical question.


Topic vocabulary

Adaptation, evolution, fossil, inheritance, natural selection, prehistoric, trait, variety, HMS Beagle, Galapagos Islands