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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  1. Which of the following can be used in a report to add more information?
    Glossaries and graphs can also be used in reports.
  2. Which of the following is NOT an example of a report?
    'How to grow vegetables' would be a set of instructions.
  3. Which tense would be used in a report about the planets?
    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.
  4. Where would you find a report's summary?
    Summaries come at the end of a piece of writing. They remind the reader of the main points.
  5. Why should sub-headings and paragraphs be used in a report?
    One huge block of text is off-putting for a reader.
  6. Reports contain ____.
    Reports are factual. People read reports in order to learn facts.
  7. What information is given by the title of a 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'.
  8. How are reports organised?
    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.
  9. Reports are written in ____.
    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.
  10. What is the purpose of a report?
    Think of a school report.

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