For our first English topic we have been looking at recounts. Recounts are a form of text that retells an event or an experience. It is often based on the child’s experience and the purpose is to tell the reader what has happened from their own point of view. Recounts can be personal, factual or imaginative. When writing their recounts, the children had to think of several key features such as, Who?, Where?, What? When?
And ensure their information was in chronological order. To start the topic, we looked at several different books such as, Diary of a Wombat, Charlie the Firefighter and Stan and Goldie. The children then retold these stories to a partner and an adult.
They were tasked with saying out loud what they wanted to write and then used a recount writing frame to help them write in the correct format. The children used key features such as time connectives, correct punctuation, powerful verbs, exciting adjectives and WOW words to make their text interesting.
When the children had written their sentences, they had to read them aloud to ensure they made sense. This proved to be a tricky task, but over the course of a few weeks the children’s confidence increased and they were able to edit their sentences with little adult support.