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KS2 SATS: Year 6 TAF writing evidence - a diary recount

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Do you have enough independent writing to assess your year 6 pupils against the writing Teacher Assessment Framework for the end of key stage 2?

Plazoom has created a selection of writing activities linked to the foundation subjects to provide opportunities for cross-curricular writing.

In this writing task, pupils are asked to write a diary, recounting a key historical event. This could be used within a history topic, with pupils writing about a key event in history for example: the arrival of the Romans in Britain; Anglo-Saxon or Viking invasions; the coronation of a monarch in Britain; the death of an Egyptian Pharaoh; or a local historical event.

Year 6 writing checklists with TAF statements can be used to assess pupils against the year 6 writing standards for working towards, expected and greater depth, which could be used for internal or external moderation.

This resource pack includes:

Personal Writing Skills checklist: for pupils to write their own writing checklists to encourage independent editing.
Diary Recount writing skills checklist: a list of features, without modelled examples, for pupils to use as a checklist for editing writing.
How to Write a Diary poster: a poster for display with the key features of diary recounts.
Jed’s Day Trip: a picture prompt for writing
Sequencing cards: an activity to help pupils organise their own ideas for writing
Diary Recount Planning Sheet: to support pupils when planning and organising their ideas
Teacher Assessment Sheets: for teachers to use to assess pupils against the year 6 writing TAF statements which could be placed in pupils books as a record of evidence seen

End of KS2 TAF Statements the writing could provide evidence for:


To write for a range of purposes.
To use paragraphs to organise ideas.


To write effectively for a range of purposes and audience, selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader.
To select vocabulary and grammatical structures that reflect what the writing requires doing this mostly appropriately.
To use a range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.


To write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting the appropriate form and drawing independently on models for their own writing.
To distinguish between the language of speech and writing and choose the appropriate register.

  • Teacher notes
  • Personal writing skills checklist
  • Diary recount writing skills checklist
  • How to write a diary poster
  • Jed's Day Trip image prompt
  • Sequencing cards
  • Diary planning sheet
  • Teacher assessment sheets
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