Non-Fiction in the Primary School - 2 hour Online INSET


In this two hour, online session, we will explore the importance of choosing and using non-fiction in the classroom to increase children’s motivation and attainment as independent readers and writers. 

Through a range of interactive activities, we will investigate how well-chosen information texts and thoughtfully planned activities can increase children’s understanding of language and vocabulary and engage children in deeper response in reading, as well as how purposeful writing tasks can be linked to non-fiction texts, with an understanding of the purpose, form and audience for writing; inspiring children to write creatively and independently.

Participants will be introduced to a wide range of non-fiction texts with examples that can be used from Early Years to Year 6 and practical ideas that can easily be transferred to the classroom.

Over the course of the two hour session, staff will:

  • Gain an understanding of the place of non-fiction in a broad, rich English Curriculum and in Cross-Curricular study.
  • Look at examples of high quality non-fiction texts that can be used with children across the primary years.
  • Develop knowledge of the specific reading skills and strategies that non-fiction texts support.
  • Explore a range of creative teaching approaches that support children’s engagement with and understanding of informational writing.
  • An understanding of how non-fiction texts can be used as a stimulus for children’s own writing.

Focus texts for this online training include: 

  • From Tiny Seeds by Emelie Vast
  • There are Fish Everywhere by Britta Teckentrump
  • Africa: Amazing Africa by Atinuke, illustrated by Mouni Feddag
  • Suffragette:The Battle for Equality by David Roberts

Individual schools wishing to partake in online 2 hour sessions will have the option to select a date and time for this session to take place for a fixed fee of £500. To book, please complete our Booking Enquiry Form.