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 and creative writing in KS2.
In this writing task, pupils will write a narrative about an object that has been discovered from the past. This could be used within a history topic, with pupils discovering an object from the time period that you are studying. They will need some knowledge of the time period and the artefacts that have been left behind.
A range of images showing artefacts from a range of periods studied in the KS2 history curriculum is included so that pupils could choose an artefact or period of history that they are particularly interested in, drawing on knowledge learnt from previous topics.
The activity can be used within a history lesson, providing an opportunity for cross-curricular writing where pupils can show their understanding of a period from history, while also allowing pupils to demonstrate their writing skills independently.
Alternatively, it could be used to inspire pupils to write an engaging narrative to provide a further example of independent writing evidence.
This resource pack includes:
- Personal writing skills checklist
For pupils to write their own writing checklists to encourage independent editing.
- Narrative writing skills checklist
A list of features, without modelled examples, for pupils to use as a checklist for editing writing.
- Features of a Finding Tale poster
A poster for display outlining the structure of a finding tale to help pupils with planning.
- Year 6 Punctuation Poster
A PDF poster showing punctuation marks, with examples, that pupils in Year 6 are expected to use in their writing.
- ‘A Discovery From The Past’ story start
An engaging start for pupils’ narratives to inspire fantastic writing.
- Historical artefacts image cards
A collection of images to inspire creative writing.
- Narrative planning sheet
To support pupils when planning and organising their ideas.
- Themed writing paper
A PDF writing sheet for pupils to use when writing their final draft, which includes the story start for ‘A Discovery From The Past’.
- Teacher assessment sheets: For teachers to use to assess pupils against the year 6 writing TAF statements; these could be placed in pupils’ books as a record of evidence seen.
End of KS2 TAF Statements the writing could provide evidence for
- To use paragraphs to organise ideas.
- To describe settings and characters.
- To use capital letters, full stops, question marks, commas for lists and apostrophes for contraction mostly correctly.
- To describe settings, characters and atmosphere in narratives.
- To use a range of punctuation taught at KS2 mostly correctly.
- To select vocabulary …. that reflect what the writing requires, doing so mostly appropriately.
- To use the range of punctuation taught at KS2 correctly and, when necessary, use such punctuation precisely to enhance meaning and avoid ambiguity.