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 where possible, to provide opportunities for independent writing. These could be used to assess pupils against the TAF statements for writing, providing vital evidence of the standard that pupils are working which could be used for internal or external moderation.
‘Pupils’ writing, on which teachers base their judgements, must be produced independently by the pupil.’ (Key stage 2 teacher assessment guidance, October 2019). This writing activity provides success criteria to help pupils understand what they have learnt and a stimulus for writing but teachers should ‘avoid modelling or over scaffolding the expected outcome.’ (Key Stage 2 teacher assessment guidance, October 2019)
In this writing task, pupils will write a leaflet, persuading a time traveller to visit a particular period in time. This could be used within a history topic on Ancient Greece (the information cards are about this period in history) or pupils could create a leaflet for the period of history that they are currently studying, or have recently studied, in class. The example information provided for a leaflet is based on Ancient Greece. Pupils will need a good knowledge of the time period that they wish to write about or access to resources to complete research.
The activity can be used to provide an opportunity for cross-curricular writing, allowing pupils to demonstrate their subject knowledge of a period in history and their writing skills independently.
This resource pack includes:
Personal writing skills checklist
For pupils to write their own writing checklists to encourage independent editing.
Time traveller writing skills checklist
A list of features, without modelled examples, for pupils to use as a checklist for editing writing.
Modal verbs poster
A poster for display with examples of modal verbs and how they could be used to show likelihood or importance.
Persuasive writing poster
A poster to display listing features found in persuasive writing
Ancient Greece image cards
A set of PDF cards that pupils could use to create their persuasive leaflet.
Historical time period cards
A set of PDF cards with images of different time periods studied in KS2
Time traveller planning sheet
To support pupils when planning and organising their ideas.
Themed writing paper
A PDF writing sheet for pupils to use when writing the final draft of their writing.
Teacher assessment sheets
For teachers to use to assess pupils against the year 6 writing TAF statements which could be placed in pupil’s books as a record of evidence seen.
TAF Statements the writing could provide evidence for
In non-narrative writing, use simple devices to structure the writing and support the reader (e.g. headings, subheadings, bullet points)
To write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, 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 – modal verbs
To select the appropriate form for writing and drawing independently on what they have read as models for their own writing