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Order of Events for KS1

Ernie had lots of fun yesterday and took pictures to prove it! Today, he wants to tell stories about the pictures. But before, he needs to think about the order of events. Learn how to order events and learn the meaning of the word sequencing in this text!

Order of Events for KS1– Sorting Events

Events are things that happen in a story, like putting on your helmet or doing a spin on your roller blades. It's important to tell story events in order so readers understand what happened. All stories have three parts: first, a beginning, secondly a middle and finally, an end! To help keep track of the beginning, middle and end and the sequence of main events in a narrative, or story, writers can use one-two-three lists.

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Let's practise together! Think about a time you went to the playground. What happened on the slide? You climbed up. You sat down. You slid to the bottom.

Now that you’ve thought of the order of events, let's write them in order using a one-two-three list! Let's start with the beginning. Write one, I climbed up.

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Let's think about the middle. Write two, I sat down.

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Let's describe the end. Write three, I slid to the bottom.

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Now we have a one-two-three list about using the slide at the playground!

Order of Events for KS1 – Summary

Remember these tips when you want to order the events in your story:

# Tip
1 All stories have three parts: first, a beginning,
second a middle, and third, an end.
2 Writers use one-two-three lists to keep their
story events in order from beginning to end.

Have you practised yet? On this website, you can also find interactive exercises and worksheets training the ordering of events for KS1.

Transcript Order of Events/ Sequence

Ernie and Jane had a great day yesterday, and here are the pictures to prove it!

Today, they want to post stories about the pictures on their blog. But before they can write, Ernie and Jane need to think about the "Order of Events". EVENTS are things that happen in a story, like putting on your helmet or doing a spin on your roller blades. It's important to tell story events in order so readers understand what happened. All stories have THREE parts: FIRST, a beginning; SECOND, a middle; and THIRD, an end! To help keep track of the beginning, middle and end of stories, we can use one-two-three lists. Let's practice together! Think about a time you went to the playground.

What happened on the slide?

You climbed up. You sat down. You slid to the bottom. Now that we've THOUGHT of the order of events, let's WRITE them in order using a list! Let's start with the beginning. First, I climbed up. Let's think about the middle. Secondly, I sat down. Let's describe the end. Finally, I slid to the bottom. Now we have a one-two-three list about using the slide at the playground! Can you help Ernie make one about riding his scooter? Let's look at these pictures of Ernie from yesterday. Right now they are OUT of order. It doesn't make any sense! We need to THINK about the events in the correct order and write them down from beginning to end. What happened in the beginning? First, Ernie put on his helmet. What happened in the middle? Secondly, Ernie stepped on the scooter. What happened in the end? Finally, Ernie rode down the hill. Now they are listed in order! Let's work together to help Jane! Here are Jane's pictures from yesterday. This order doesn't make sense! Let's THINK and write them in order from beginning to end. What happened in the beginning? First, Jane put on her safety gear. What happened in the middle? Secondly, Jane put on her rollerblades. What happened in the end? Finally, Jane did a spin. Now Jane's events are listed in order too! While Ernie and Jane finish the blog post, let's review! Remember, all stories have THREE parts: first, a beginning; second, a middle; and third, an end! We can use one-two-three lists to order story events from beginning to end! It looks like they had lots of fun!

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Order of Events/ Sequence exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learnt? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Order of Events/ Sequence.
  • The things that happen in a story are called ...

    Hints

    In Ernie's story, he put on his helmet. In Jane's story, she went rollerblading.

    Which words above best describes these parts of a story?

    It's important to tell story events in order so readers understand what happened.

    Solution

    A story has a series of events. Each event represents a meaningful change in the story and will be told in order so the story makes sense.

  • What are the three main parts of a story called?

    Hints

    Think about what happens first, next and last in a story.

    At the beginning of this story, the person climbed to the top of the slide.

    In the middle of the story we learn what happens next.

    Solution

    The three main parts are the:

    • beginning
    • middle
    • end
  • What did Ernie do next?

    Hints

    What did Ernie do in the beginning, middle and end?

    Ernie was tired, so he needed a rest before dinner.

    Ernie ended his day by going to bed.

    Solution

    Here we can see the pictures ordered correctly.

  • Can you complete the story?

    Hints

    The words first, then and finally can be used to describe the beginning, middle and end.

    What happened first?

    The word, finally, is used at the end of the story.

    Solution

    I wasn't ready for school.
    First, I packed my backpack.
    Then, I had my breakfast.
    Finally, I was ready to go to school.

  • Ernie's sandwich.

    Hints

    Remember, the beginning is the first part of the story.

    The middle tells us what happens next.

    The end is the last part.

    Solution

    These pictures help Ernie make his sandwich as they show us the three main parts.

    In the beginning, there is a slice of bread.

    In the middle, the filling is added.

    At the end, the sandwich is complete.

  • Listen to the story and identify the correct order of the events.

    Hints

    What did Marco do first?

    What did he do with the dough?

    What did he do with the pizza?

    What happened in the end?

    Solution

    Marco wanted to make pizza.

    1. First, he made the dough.
    2. Then he rolled it out.
    3. Next, he put tomato sauce and cheese on top.
    4. Then, he put the pizza in the oven.
    5. Finally, it was ready to eat.