At St Joseph's we encourage children to adapt their writing style in and for a range of different contexts, purposes and audiences. Below is a list of writing genres your child will meet during KS1 and KS2, examples of children's writing and useful websites/apps to support your child with writing. 

Writing Genres

Non-Chronological report

A non-chronological report is a non-fiction report which is not written in time order.

Adventure Stories

An Adventure story often has a cliff-hanger before the final resolution.


Adverts are written persuasively to help people see things from your point of view.


An Autobiography is an account of a person's life written by that person.

Character/Setting Description

A Description is used to add detail to a narrative.


A Diary usually links with a history topic and children will keep a daily record of events and experiences.


A Discussion will provide a balanced argument giving reasons for and against your topic.


An Explanation text gives you information about a subject that you are interested in and would like to know more about.


A Leaflet provides information on a topic for example a zoo information leaflet.


Instructions tell the reader how to do something such as cook a recipe, build a model or play a game. 

Newspaper Report

Children will write a Newspaper Report focusing on key features such as headlines and alliteration


A Recount is a piece of writing that gives details of an event that has happened.

Play Scripts

A Play Script is a piece of writing written for the stage including dialogue and stage directions.

Story Writing

Story Writing focuses on creativity looking at key features including plot and description.