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Formal Letter KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Writing using a formal tone is a skill pupils learn throughout KS2. This formal letter KS2 text types resource pack gives pupils the opportunity to write a letter of application for a role in school or for a dream job. After studying the features of a formal letter, pupils will write their own formal letter in response to the prompts within the pack, or for a position or role linked to your current topic or the class’ interests.

Two examples of formal letters are included, showing WAGOLL (what a good one looks like), to inspire writing and provide an example letter writing template that pupils can refer to when writing their own letters..

What is included in this formal writing KS2 pack?

  • Model Text 1 - ‘Student Council Application’

An example formal letter written by a year 4 child to apply to become a member of the school’s student council.

  • Model Text 2 - ‘Dream Job’

An example formal letter applying for a position as an animal keeper at a local wildlife park.

  • Formal Letter writing sheet

A PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing and explore how to write a formal letter. There are two versions for upper and lower KS2. UKS2 includes examples of modal verbs and formal language. LKS2 includes examples of conjunctions and Standard English.

  • Job Adverts

Various job adverts are included for pupils to respond to.

  • Formal Letter Writing Plan

A worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing.

  • Writing Paper

A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work.

What is a formal letter?

A formal letter is a type of writing used in professional situations. Examples might include a job application, letter of complaint, a letter to a customer or to parents.
Formal letters should be written using a formal tone. The use of Standard English and formal vocabulary is needed.

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 will express time, place and cause using conjunctions ...
Pupils will use Standard English forms for verb inflections

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 show degrees of possibility using modal verbs.
Pupils should recognise vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing.

  • Model Text 1 - Student Council Application
  • Model Text 2 - Dream Job
  • Formal Letter writing sheet LKS2
  • Formal Letter writing sheet UKS2
  • Job Adverts
  • Formal Letter Writing Plan
  • Writing paper
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