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. Watch the short video to see how Bite into Writing supports year 6 teachers with the teaching and assessment of writing.
Bite into Writing also includes Spotlight texts with teaching prompts, 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 can be annotated with the class to tease out and explore their features.
More information on the 'Talk and explore' activities that support reading comprehension, the 'Write-bite' activities that entice pupils to engage with incidental writing, and the 'Showcase' writing prompts that provide opportunities for more extended writing can be found below.
Lastly, 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.