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Year 2 SATs – ‘Is it Alive?’ KS1 Writing Assessment Resource Pack

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This Year 2 writing assessment resource pack provides the opportunity for Key Stage 1 pupils to produce cross-curricular writing that can be assessed against the KS1 Teacher Assessment Framework (TAF).

Pupils will write a report comparing things that are alive, dead or have never lived after revisiting their science knowledge of the seven life processes. 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 KS1 teacher assessment framework for working towards, expected and greater depth standards.

What is a report?

A report provides detailed information on subjects, events or about the way things are or were. Information is organised to help the reader often using headings and subheadings. Reports can be non-chronological, where a piece of text is not written in time order.

What is included in this resource?

  • Teacher slides PowerPoint
  • Picture cards
  • Pupil success criteria checklists
    For pupils to self-assess their writing
  • Pupil writing sheets
    Linked to the theme for their writing
  • TAF writing assessment checklist
    To be used by the teacher to show evidence against the KS1 Teacher Assessment Framework writing statements
  • Teacher’s notes

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by:

  • Writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional)
  • Writing about real events
  • Writing poetry
  • Writing for different purposes

Consider what they are going to write before beginning by:

  • Planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about
  • Writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary
  • Encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence

Make simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing by:

  • Evaluating their writing with the teacher and other pupils
  • Re-reading to check that their writing makes sense and that verbs to indicate time are used correctly and consistently, including verbs in the continuous form
  • Proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Read aloud what they have written with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear

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