English 04.05.20


Week beginning 04.05.20

Writing: Non-chronological report.

Great job researching! You should now have lots of different, fascinating facts about your favourite animal.

Identifying the features of a non-chronological report.

  • Now you have all the information you need, it’s important to understand what makes a non-chronological report.
  • We have attached 3 simple non-chronological reports. Carefully read each report. What do you like about them? Which was your favourite fact? Why?
  • Now look at the structure and the choice of language. What is similar about each of them? Is there anything that is different? Does anything stand out and grab your attention? Why?
  • Use the non-chronological features checklist (see file) to see if you correctly identified any of the key features.

Coming up with a title and an introduction.

  • What is a title? Why is a title important? A title tells you what the whole report is about.
  • Your title could just be the name of your animal, for example, Pandas. You might like to add some adjectives to improve your title such as Ferocious Sharks! Or Deadly Cobras!

Additional challenge- Can you come up with an appropriate alliterative title?

  • What is alliteration?  When two or more words that are next to each other start with the same sound.

For example

Slithering, slippery snakes!    Or   Marvellous, mischievous monkeys!

The below video will provide you with more examples of alliteration



  • Once you have your title, it is time to write an exciting introduction to your report. This should tell your reader what the report is about and to persuade them to read on! See the PowerPoint attached to help you.



  • Subtitles are smaller titles that tell you what a particular section of your report is about e.g. Appearance, Behaviour, Habitat and Diet. As these subtitles are a bit boring, we wanted to challenge you to turn them into question sentences.
  • For example, if my report was about penguins, instead of Appearance I might use the subtitle What do penguins look like? Or Do all penguins look the same?
  • See if you can come up with interesting subtitles for each section of your report!


Appearance section

What we are looking for:

  • Expanded noun phrases
  • Different sentence openers
  • Conjunctions to give reasons e.g. which, because, so that, since, as, that


There are over 60 different species of eagles. Eagles usually have brown, black or white feathers. These birds have long, powerful talons which help them to catch their prey. Covering their mouths, eagles have large, hooked beaks that help them rip the flesh from their prey. They are great hunters because they have sharp eyesight and can see more colours than humans. Did you know that their eyes are located on the side of their head so that they can see what is going on all around them? On either side of their body, their wide, elegant wings help them to soar over streams and rivers to find their prey.


Diet and habitat sections

What we are looking for:

  • Scientific vocabulary
    • Diet: carnivore/herbivore/omnivore
    • Habitat: rainforest, farm, ocean, desert, mountain, hedge etc.
  • Geographic vocabulary (names of continents, countries)
  • Commas in a list, listing foods your creature eats and places they might live.
  • Different sentence openers
  • Capital letters at the start of each sentence and for proper nouns.

Diet example:

Tigers are carnivores which means that they eat other animals. Usually tigers hunt large prey such as moose, deer, cows, horses, buffalos and goats. Sometimes they may eat elephant calves, leopards and some species of bears. An interesting fact about tigers is that they may eat up to 40kg of meat at one time!

Habitat examples:

It is surprising that geckos are found on every continent except Antarctica! These small lizards live in almost every habitat, including rainforests, deserts and mountains. As most geckos are nocturnal lizards, they retreat into cooler burrows or rock crevices during the day.

Otters are found on every single continent in the world except for Australia and AntarcticaMost otters make their burrows on the land around fresh water rivers but some live in saltwater oceans. Did you know that they tend to live in the shallow waters so that they can easily reach land? They use moss, bark and small sticks to make their nests dry and warm.


Behaviour section

Can you independently write a section about your animal’s behaviour using different features from the above “What we are looking for criteria”?

Remember, for this section it is really important to tell your reader why your animal behaves in this way.


Good luck writing your non-chronological report! We can’t wait to read all about your favourite animals!





Can you use the pre-cursive letter formation cards (see file attached) to help you form your letters.

Focus letters this week- Climb 'n' Slide Letters: i u w t

We know how much you love doing your finger fitness exercises before each handwriting lesson. I have attached the link below. Maybe you could show your adults at home how amazing you are!


If you are lucky enough to have playdough at home, why not have fun at the Dough Disco? (see link below)




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