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Year 6 Model Text Resource Pack 16: ‘Letter from the Head Teacher’ (Formal letter; English - writing for a purpose)

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Real Writing Year 6 - Unit 16
Model text: Letter from the Head Teacher, by Jon Mayhew

Unit Overview

This writing unit for Year 6 is built around an original model text by Jon Mayhew; a formal letter from the headteacher of Biggin Primary School. The example text is available as a PDF in three versions (plain, illustrated and annotated); annotated and non-annotated PowerPoint presentations are also included.

In this two-week unit, pupils will read a formal letter from a headteacher outlining new rules for students at the school. Pupils will have the opportunity to read and write letters in a formal register.

Key curriculum skills
Two fully resourced lessons are included for Year 5/6 English objectives:

1. Vocabulary: to select appropriate vocabulary to create a formal tone

Pupils will: organise synonyms from most to least formal (and practise saying these out loud using appropriate registers); create pieces of writing on the same theme using different registers; collect and compare examples of writing that use different registers.

2. Grammar: To use the subjunctive form in very formal speech and writing

Pupils will: Identify sentences written in the subjunctive form; rewrite sentences so they are written in the subjunctive form; write an invitation from the Queen to a party at Buckingham Palace, including the subjunctive form.

Revisited skills

  • using modal verbs

Additional Year 6 teaching points

  • using the appropriate register in speech and writing
  • using brackets
  • colons to introduce a list
  • the use of semicolons to separate independent clauses

Year 6 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: equipment, equip, accommodate, environment, appreciate
Tier 2 words: instil, ensure, tolerate, allegation, submit, ambassador, temporarily, forbidden, administer, request, specify, refrain, hazardous, adhere, deviation, insist

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