We believe that quality writing stems from the use of quality texts which help pupils develop the skills of ‘reading as a writer’, and inspire them to write for a range of purposes and audiences. That’s why each Bite into Writing book focuses on a quality published text, organised into lesson-size chunks to support teachers who prefer this kind of structure – but versatile enough for those who appreciate greater flexibility. Bite into Writing is a new educational resource to support year 6 teachers with the teaching and assessment of writing.
That’s also why we provide spotlight texts with teaching prompts, designed for a more forensic drilling down to the nuts and bolts of language. These texts are short enough to be shared on a visualiser, and annotated with the class or a guided group to tease out and explore their features.
In addition, Bite into Writing provides 'Talk and explore' activities that support reading comprehension, 'Write-bite' activities that entice pupils to engage with incidental writing, and 'Showcase' writing prompts that provide opportunities for a range of more extended writing. More information can be found below.
Also, to support teacher assessment, we have incorporated exemplified samples of year 6 pupils’ writing to support teacher assessment. Since these include detailed annotation and overall commentaries with suggested next steps, they can be used summatively – to support in-school teacher assessment, or formatively – to help pupils to progress on their writing journeys.
Books 1 and 2 in the series of year 6 teaching resources are available now.