Non Fiction November 2022 – Best resources and activity ideas
Use November to join in with this annual celebration of the power of non-fiction
- by Teachwire
What is National Non-Fiction November?
National Non-Fiction November is an annual celebration of the power of non-fiction to inspire children and celebrate readers who have a passion for information and facts. It’s organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.
During the month, schools and libraries can get involved by organising and taking part in activities and competitions.
What is the theme for 2022?
The theme for National Non-Fiction November 2022 is ‘Communication’.
Humans have the unique ability to communicate through spoken and written language. Our amazing ingenuity and creativity have also resulted in the development of a wide range of other ways to communicate, from hieroglyphics and emojis to sign language and secret codes.
Pie Corbett KS2 Non-Fiction Collection
Use this free KS2 non-fiction collection from Pie Corbett to inspire children to get writing.
Each resource contains an original text in Powerpoint form, plus a PDF full of activity ideas to help pupils create their own non-fiction text. Text types covered include instructions, persuasive writing and non-chronological reports.
Enter a competition
Pupils aged 5-12 are invited to take part in a National Non Fiction November 2022 competition by choosing either an animal or historical character and creating an illustrated interview with them in a Q & A format.
Entries need to be in by 5th December 2022 and if you win, a bundle of signed books will be heading your way, with the overall winner receiving a visit from author Andy Seed.
Real Comprehension programme for Y1-6
Real Comprehension from Plazoom offers three thematically-linked original texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) per year group, per term, with all the resources needed to explore them.
All texts are written by published children’s authors and will help you to build a deeper understanding through close-reading and guided reading techniques.
Books about communication
National Non Fiction November organisers have created a 15-page booklist, with all titles related to this year’s theme of ‘Communication’. The books are separated into the following themes:
- how humans communicate
- signs and signals
- codes and cyphers
- printing and books
- messages in the post
- telecommunications and new technologies
- the news
- art forms
- transport networks
- the natural world
Improve vocabulary with non-fiction texts
In this article by teacher Hannah Rix, you’ll learn how non-fiction books can help develop vocabulary, spoken language skills and debates in the classroom.
Hannah covers key classroom approaches, supporting vocabulary teaching and suggests some of her favourite non-fiction texts for KS1 and KS2.
Layout devices for Year 6
This Real Grammar KS2 resources pack from Plazoom will help your class explore how to use layout devices to organise their writing. It includes teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply new learning in a writing task.
Developing ideas with non-fiction
Join English teacher Chris Curtis as he discusses why planning and a willingness to see ideas through to their conclusion are needed if students are to be successful at writing non-fiction.
“Non-fiction is lively, fun, current, sarcastic, passionate and sometimes dangerous”
Recount planning templates
Use this range of recount planning templates to support pupils when planning independent writing tasks such as diary entries and recounts.
Choose the planning template most suitable for your pupils – including timelines, sequencing circles and more traditional table planning sheets.
13 non-fiction books to power up learning
Check out a list of some of our favourite fact-packed non-fiction titles for Early Years, KS1 and KS2 to help you kickstart children’s curiosity and inspire activities in your classroom this November.
How to make non-fiction matter in your classroom
Assistant headteacher Emma Hughes-Evans argues that schools should encourage children to read Playstation manuals as well as Harry Potter, and provides ideas for using fiction to inspire non-fiction.
More activity ideas
Hunt red telephone boxes
There are still approximately 21,000 red phone boxes in use today. Invite children to look out for and map telephone boxes near to where they live.
Have any been repurposed to house a defibrillator, a library, a flower display or something else? Challenge children to find out where else in the world red telephone boxes occur.
There are also other kinds of public phone boxes to look out for, including ones for the police or the AA.
Tell stories without words
There are so many different ways to tell stories or convey information without using words, including cave paintings, friezes, hieroglyphics, stained glass windows, tapestries, ceramics, sculpture, narrative art, murals, mime theatre, ballet, music and wordless picture books.
Challenge your students to write their own ‘text’ for an example – suggested by you, or one of their own choice.
Browse a four-page PDF of activity ideas for National Non Fiction November.