Back in the autumn term, the Rising Stars Assessment team ran a writing competition to celebrate the launch of Writing Assessment Tasks, published in consultation with NAHT. We encouraged schools to download free Year 6 sample tasks and to send us their children’s completed composition pieces. We were looking for imaginative and creative stories that met all of the expectations outlined in the accompanying mark scheme.
On her involvement with the competition, author and competition judge Helen Lewis said "I was impressed by how exciting and imaginative the stories were. I hope the entrants had as much fun writing them as I had reading them."
After much consideration, the judging panel, which included NAHT President Tony Draper, announced Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary School, Bristol as the winning school. Of the winning entry, Tony said "it really stood out for me as an exciting, imaginative and really unique and creative story". We are delighted to be awarding the winning school with a £500 Rising Stars voucher and a class box of readers.
Mike Haughton, Year 6 teacher at Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary School, kindly shared his thoughts on taking part in the competition: "It was great for the children to have the opportunity to apply their writing skills to two narratives with contrasting purposes. The précis was a challenge for the children due to the word limit but they really rose to this and thought carefully about their word choices. The longer writing task allowed many children to be individual and highly creative. Having the assessment statements allowed the children to create their own success criteria and achieve highly."
We would like to say huge congratulations to Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary School, and a thank you to all of the schools who took part. We were very impressed by the quality of all the entries.
If you would like to find out more about Writing Assessment Tasks and our partnership with NAHT, read our recent blog post here.