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Year 4, 5 and 6 Non-fiction: Mixed-age planning

The unit has four phases, with oral or written outcomes and assessment opportunities at regular intervals.

Phase 1 will introduce recount text to Year 4 children and act as revision for pupils in Years 5 and 6.

Progression in Years 4, 5 and 6

The unit provides opportunities for extracurricular links, e.g. history and geography.

Phase 1

Read and compare different examples of recount texts. Discuss structure and content. Discuss and compose own recount and proofread it.

Phase 2

Discuss types of questions asked to elicit information in a video clip. Write questions to use in hot-seating activity. Evaluate effectiveness of the questions asked.

Phase 3

Discuss recording of responses from an interview. Model note-taking. Compare and discuss a range of recounts from different media. Evaluate quality of information in different texts.

Phase 4

Discuss writing task, organising roles and responsibilities within groups. Children conduct interviews and record information. Present reports as a team. Children plan and write individual reports in a range of different forms.