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Emails (formal and informal) - KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Teach writing formal and informal emails with this KS2 text types resource pack. Explore audience and purpose and how this affects the formality of the email sent. Two model texts, one formal and one informal, are provided for pupils to read and compare the difference in language and style. Pupils will then write their own emails, responding to the prompts included within the pack.

This resource includes:

  • Formal email model text - Absence Request: n email sent to an employer
  • Informal email model text - Hi! Let’s sort a day out!: an email to a friend.
  • Email writing sheet: two PDFs (for LKS2 and UKS2) containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing, and examples of grammar for LKS2 (conjunctions) and UKS2 (parenthesis and formal language)
  • Email writing plan: a worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing.
  • Themed writing paper

National Curriculum English programme of study links:

Year 3/4

Pupils should plan their writing by discussing writing that is similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.
Pupils should extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions

Year 5 /6

Pupils should plan their writing by identifying the audience for and purpose for writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
Pupils should be taught to use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis
Pupils should be taught to recognise vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing ...

  • Formal email model text - Absence Request
  • Informal email model text - Hi! Let's sort a day out!
  • Email writing sheet
  • Email writing plan
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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