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English Genres

These are the genres that we use for our reading passport books. These genres are selected to provide additional support for your child with their writing and ensures the children experience a range of genres. 

Reading genres and their definition



Traditional tales/stories

A story about magical creatures and magic. Usually told
by handing down through many generations.


Factual writing about a specific topic.


Is verse that uses sound, rhythm and word choices to inspire thoughts and feelings.

Stories from around the world

A story which is written about a different geographical location or cultural setting from ours.

Myths and legends

A Myth is a folktale that attempts to explain how things came to be.

A Legend is based on a real person but cannot be proven.


A story about imagined places and people not based on reality.


A fictional story that revolves around discovering secrets or solving crimes.

Historical fiction

A fictional story that is made up of real and fictional characters that is set in the past.

Play script

The manuscript of a play prepared to be used by actors to perform it.

Traditional poetry

A poem that adheres to a definite verse structure or set of characteristics.

Non-fiction (History)

A factual book written about a historical event.

Picture book

A book where the meaning  is told through both the written text and the visual images.


Gives the history of a person’s life, written by that person.


Is a written account of another person’s life.

Classic texts

Well-established texts that have stood the test of time and are well written.  The definition is left open to allow us to include modern classics and children’s classics.

Modern classic

A book which has been written in the last century by a well know author and is agreed to be quality writing.


A story in which the characters go somewhere
exciting and dangerous.

Comedy narrative

A book which uses humour in the telling of the story.

Science fiction

Stories that are based around scientific knowledge.


A fast paced story which involves tension and suspense and which moves through lots of locations.

Short stories

A book which has a brief story in each chapter


A folktale that often teaches a moral or a lesson using animals as characters.

Comic poetry

Verses telling funny short stories. They may or may not rhyme.


A Diary is a record with entries arranged by date reporting on what has happened over the course of a day or other period.