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Year 2 Formal Letter Writing SATs Worksheets Pack – A Letter to Neil Armstrong

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This Y2 writing assessment resource pack provides the opportunity for Key Stage 1 pupils to produce cross-curricular writing that can be assessed against the Year 2 Teacher Assessment Framework (TAF).

Pupils will write a letter to Neil Armstrong, asking questions about the moon landing; the pack could be used as part of a history topic on significant people from the past. A pupil writing checklist is provided to encourage independent proofreading and editing.

Year 2 writing checklists with TAF statements can be used to assess pupils against the year 2 writing standards for working towards, expected and greater depth standards.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • Teacher slides PowerPoint
    With questions for the pupils to consider and prompt for the writing activity
  • Pupil success criteria checklists
    This ticklist for pupils to self-assess their writing contains prompts like ‘Have you written in the style of a letter?’ and ‘Have you asked Neil Armstrong some questions?’
  • Pupil writing sheets
    This printable PDF has a cool space-themed border around a lined linked to the theme for their writing
  • TAF writing assessment checklist
    To be used by the teacher to show evidence against the TAF statements
  • Teacher’s notes

What is formal writing?

Formal writing is often used in academic and business work, and is characterised by a serious tone.

What is informal writing?

Informal writing is similar to a spoken conversation, and is characterised by a more personal tone, and often includes things like contractions, slang and figures of speech.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

To write for different purposes

Planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about

Writing down ideas and / or key words, including new vocabulary

Re-reading to check that their writing makes sense ...

Proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation

  • Teacher notes and teaching sequence
  • PowerPoint
  • Writing sheets
  • Pupil success criteria checklist
  • Year 2 writing TAF checklist
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