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Writing Reports

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at writing reports. Reports are an informative type of writing. If someone wished to find out more information about a particular topic, a report would be the best place to start. You will be asked to write reports on various subjects while at school.

This can be a really fun exercise as it means you will have to find out all sorts of exciting facts about your chosen topic. The more interesting and unusual things in your report, the more enjoyable it will be for the reader.

Check that you know the rules for report-writing by trying this English quiz.

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Reports contain ____.
Reports are factual. People read reports in order to learn facts.
Which of the following can be used in a report to add more information?
All of the above.
Glossaries and graphs can also be used in reports.
What is the purpose of a report?
To explain how something works.
To describe the way things are.
To teach you how to do something.
To persuade you to change your mind about an issue.
Think of a school report.
What information is given by the title of a report?
An alphabetical list of the key words contained in the report.
The number of pages contained in the report.
The name of the story.
The subject of the report.
The title tells the reader what the report's subject is. A report about leopards will include the word 'leopards' in the title. For example, such a report might be called: 'Leopards and their habitat'.
How are reports organised?
Reports are just lists of facts - they are not organised.
Sub-topics keep related material together.
The subject will be divided into several sub-topics. For example, when writing about penguins, you might include these sub-topics: diet, habitat, life cycle, types of penguins, etc.
Which tense would be used in a report about the planets?
Mainly past tense.
Mainly present tense.
Mainly future tense.
Passive tense only.
Unless they are about a historical topic, reports are written in the present tense. For example, a report about the Romans would be written in the past tense.
Where would you find a report's summary?
At the beginning.
In the middle paragraph.
At the end.
In a diagram.
Summaries come at the end of a piece of writing. They remind the reader of the main points.
Why should sub-headings and paragraphs be used in a report?
They organise the information.
They keep the information in chronological order.
They help the reader to follow instructions.
All of the above.
One huge block of text is off-putting for a reader.
Reports are written in ____.
first person
second person
third person
both first and second person
Reports should use 'he', 'she', 'it', or 'they'. You should avoid using 'I'. Some reports for children are written in a very chatty manner. These might also use the second person 'you', as well as the third person.
Which of the following is NOT an example of a report?
An encyclopedia entry.
An article on 'How to grow vegetables'.
An article on the history of the potato.
A scientific article about snails.
'How to grow vegetables' would be a set of instructions.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Writing a report

Author:  Sheri Smith

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