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Using common tasks for writing can help to support effective assessment and moderation. Writing Assessment Tasks, available for Years 2 to 6, include half-termly tasks written specifically for the new curriculum to help teachers assess and moderate children's writing with confidence.
- Shareen Mayers, Primary English and Assessment Consultant
There are two technical writing tasks per half term to assess planning, précising, editing and dictation. There is one long composition task per half term to assess writing skills across a range of genres.
The mark scheme has clear links to:
Download sample pages for précising and composition with mark schemes here.
Download a full contents list here.
"These writing tasks are an invaluable tool to help primary teachers consistently assess writing throughout the primary years" – NAHT
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.
These Writing Tasks are a valuable tool to help primary teachers consistently assess writing throughout the primary years.
Last year, we found it quite challenging to identify relevant texts for précising, whereas in the tasks booklet three of them are present with a simple mark scheme to support. Another advantage of the resource is the proof-reading tasks as they allow me to identify whether or not a pupil can correct writing that is not their own.