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Recount - newspaper

Y5 - Recount (Newspaper)


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.  
  • Selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.
  • 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 languages 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, creating a text map.

•          To box up the model text.

•          To understand vocabulary and definitions.

•          To understand reading comprehension strategies for the text.

•          To recognise key text features.

•          To use direct speech in a short-burst write.

•          To contribute to a shared write.

•          To innovate the model text with my ideas.

•          To write independently using the skills taught.


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

  • To use relative clauses
  • To create compound sentences
  • To use rhetorical questions to address the reader
  • To punctuate direct speech correctly
  • To use technical vocabulary linked to the geography topic


Recount Vocabulary

Relative clause, compound sentence, rhetorical question, inverted commas, direct speech, who, what, where, when, why


Topic Vocabulary

Bennerley Viaduct, railway, Victorian, historical, demolished, scheme, derelict, conservation, heritage