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Year 6 writing tasks – SATS narrative writing TAF evidence

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Do you have enough independent Year 6 writing tasks to assess your pupils against the writing Teacher Assessment Framework for the end of Key Stage 2?

Plazoom has created a selection of Year 6 writing tasks linked to the foundation subjects. These provide opportunities for cross-curricular and creative writing in KS2.

Object from the past

In this writing task, pupils will write a narrative about an object from the past. You could do this within a history topic, with pupils discovering an object from the period that you are studying. They will need some knowledge of the time period and the artefacts that have been left behind.

We’ve included a range of images showing artefacts from a range of periods studied in the KS2 history curriculum. This is so that pupils can choose an artefact or period of history that they are particularly interested in. They’ll need to draw on knowledge learnt from previous topics.

You can use this activity within a history lesson. It provides an opportunity for cross-curricular writing where pupils can show their understanding of a period from history. This also allows pupils to demonstrate their writing skills independently.

Alternatively, you could use it 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 we expect pupils in Year 6 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 sheet: For teachers to use to assess pupils against the year 6 writing TAF statements. You can place these 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 reflects 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.

  • Features of a Finding Tale poster
  • Images sheet
  • Narrative planning sheet
  • Personal writing skills checklist
  • Story starter
  • Teacher notes
  • Teacher assessment sheets
  • Writing sheets
  • Writing skills checklist
  • Y6 punctuation poster
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