Writing Curriculum – Year 5

Assessing Writing – Year 5 Expectations


  • Form verbs with prefixes. for example, dis, de, mis, over and re.
  • Convert nouns or adjectives into verbs by adding a suffix, for example, ate, ise, ify.
  • Understand the general rules for adding prefixes and suffixes above.
  • Spell some words with ‘silent’ letters, e.g. knight, psalm, solemn.
  • Distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused.
  • Spell identified commonly misspelt words from Year 5 and 6 word list.
  • Use the first three or four letters of a word to check spelling, meaning or both of these in a dictionary.
  • Use a thesaurus.
  • Use a range of spelling strategies.
  • Choose which shape of a letter to use when given choices and deciding, as part of their personal style, whether or not to join specific letters.
  • Choose the writing implement that is best suited for a task, (e.g. quick notes, letters).


  • Know the audience for and purpose of the writing.
  • Use the features and structures of text types taught so far.
  • Use grammatical features and vocabulary appropriate for the text types taught so far.
  • Start sentences in different ways.
  • Use sentence starters to highlight the main idea.
  • Develop characters through action and dialogue.
  • Establish viewpoint as the writer through commenting on characters or events.
  • Show how grammar and vocabulary choices create impact on the reader.
  • Choose vocabulary to engage and impact on the reader.

Assessing Writing – Year 5 Mastery

Writing-Exceeding Statements

  • Use paragraphs to structure the plot in narrative writing, showing changes in time, place and events.
  • Use changes in time and place to guide the reader through the text.
  • Use paragraphs to organise information logically and shape a non-fiction text effectively.
  • Sustain and develop ideas within a paragraph, introducing it with a topic sentence.
  • Close text with reference to its opening.
  • Re-order sentences to create impact on the reader.
  • Use expanded noun phrases to add well thought out detail to writing.
  • Use punctuation to clarify meaning of sentences – commas to mark phrases and clauses.
  • Use dialogue effectively and punctuate it accurately.