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Girls reading non-fiction text

Non-fiction is any style of writing that is based on facts and real life, rather than a fictional (made-up) story.

Your child will study a range of non-fiction texts throughout primary school and you'll find lots of information and worksheets in this section to help them, whether its reading and understanding text structure and organisation, writing informative text or about an event, writing reviews, lists, labels and captions, titles and blurbs or putting instructions in order.

Articles

Non-fiction reading
What is non-fiction?
Non-fiction texts are read, studied and written throughout the primary-school years. Our parents' guide covers instruction texts, recounts, information and explanation texts, persuasive writing and argument texts and explains what you need to know to support your child.
Writing a book report
Book reports: what parents need to know
Helping your child engage with their reading matter and improve their literacy skills, book reports are a homework staple. So what’s involved, and how can you make them easier for your child? Lucy Dimbylow explains.
Cleopatra information text
What is an information text?
Information texts are an important part of primary school literacy lessons. We explain the features of this non-fiction genre, why note-taking matters and how to help your child at home.

Worksheets

Reading and understanding non-fiction worksheet
Reading and understanding non-fiction
Choose an information book. If you don’t have many at home, see if you can borrow one from school or the library. What is the title of the book? What are you hoping to find out about? What do you already know about this subject? Read the book and write a list of things you’ve found out:
Non-fiction: text structure and organisation worksheet
Non-fiction: text structure and organisation
Use non-fiction books to help your child understand text structure and organisation.
Ordering non-fiction text: writing a plan
Think of a special event that is coming up. Use this planning sheet to help you remember what will happen when. You can use pictures as well as words.

Games

Trapped! Newspaper articles
Trapped! Newspaper articles

A great newspaper article needs a catchy headline, great photo and all the facts. Play this newspaper game and make someone want to 'read all about it'!

Finding information game
Finding information game

Use your information-finding skills to escape the Trapped tower undetected!

Dictionaries game
Dictionaries game

Dictionaries help you to understand what words mean. Words have been scattered all over the Big Babies toy shelf. Help Private Popper to sort them into order

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Children reading newspaper

Could you have a budding journalist at home?

Your child will learn how to read, understand and write newspaper articles throughout primary school, and it's a fun activity to support at home. Try these for starters:

Girl reading at her desk

Different types of non-fiction texts

Confused about recounts? Got your instruction text, argument text and information text mixed up? Read our parents' guides:

There are lots of types of non-fiction text for your child to explore, and there lots of ways for you to get your child excited about different types of texts at home. How about these:

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