Writing Curriculum – Year 6

Assessing Writing – Year 6 Expectations


  • Convert verbs into nouns by adding suffixes, for example, tion, ure.
  • Distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused.
  • Spell identified commonly misspelt words from Year 5 and 6 word list.
  • Understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically.
  • Use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words.
  • 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 (eg, quick notes, letters).


  • Identify the audience for and purpose of the writing.
  • Choose the appropriate form, and register for the audience and purpose of the writing.
  • Use grammatical structures/features and choose vocabulary appropriate to the audience, purpose and degree of formality to make meaning clear and create effect.
  • Use a range of sentence starters to create specific effects, for example, adverbials, conjunctions, ing, ed.
  • Use developed noun phrases to add detail to sentences.
  • Use the passive voice to present information with a different emphasis.
  • Use commas to mark phrases and clauses.
  • Sustain and develop main ideas logically in narrative and non-narrative writing.
  • Use character, dialogue and action to advance events in narrative writing.
  • Summarise text, conveying key information.

Assessing Writing – Year 6 Mastery

Writing-Exceeding Statements

  • Choose the appropriate style and form for the purpose and audience of the writing.
  • Use techniques to engage the reader, for example, personal comments, opening hook, flashback.
  • Write paragraphs with a clear focus.
  • Write paragraphs with different structures and lengths.
  • Link ideas within and between paragraphs with a range of cohesive devices, for example, connecting adverbs/adverbials, use of pronouns.
  • Use different sentence structures and length to suit the purpose and audience of the writing.
  • Use a range of sentence types for impact and specific effect on the reader.
  • Control complex sentences, manipulating the clauses to achieve specific effects.
  • Use punctuation to convey and clarify meaning, including colon and semi-colon.
  • Make precise and specific word choices according to the text type and audience.
  • Summarise longer texts precisely, identifying the key information.
  • Use the passive voice confidently, for example, to create suspense or in a science investigation or historical or geographical report.
  • Use the subjunctive in the most formal writing to express a wish or a suggestion for the future.