Year 6


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Writing/Whole School Project: Keyingham Village Journal

Year 6 Village Journal - Writing Checklist 

These last ten weeks have been very different for us all and I am sure you have all done lots of different activities with your families over this time. I would like you to write a journal that focuses on the different things you have done – you could focus on one in particular, or a range of different ones.  

What could you write about? Have you done any cooking or baking for yourselves and your families? Have you taken part in any sporting activities or fitness challenges – maybe you have done Joe Wicks or come up with your own physical challenges? Have you been on walks or bike rides – did you see anything interesting? Are you interested in science and carried out some investigations/experiments? As a school, we just want to hear what you have been up to and look forward to reading your journals. (Don’t forget you can add photographs/drawings if you would like). 

When you start to write your journal, think about the following success criteria you could include in your writing. 

Success Criteria: 

Wide Range of Punctuation: Try to use some of the following. 

  • Commas for lists e.g. When making lasagne I needed the following ingredients: Beef mince, Lasagne Sheets, Pasta Sauce, White Sauce, Mushrooms and Onions. 
  • Question Marks e.g. We decided to do some Science on Wednesday. We wanted to find out – Do all vegetables have seeds? 
  • Colons/Semi-Colons e.g. The bike ride started off in Keyingham: it was going to be hard work. At one point, Alice’s chain came off; Dad fixed it within minutes. 
  • Parenthesis – Brackets, Dashes or Commas e.g. We came up with our own ‘Fit4Fun’ session – based in the garden – that had us all sweating and drinking lots of water. 
  • Hyphens e.g. We passed through a small forest and had an ice-cold drink before carrying on our walk. Our minibeast hunt was successful, my favourite discovery was a jet-black beetle I found under a rock. 

Active/Passive Voice:  

  • Active Voice: These sentences tell us who or what is doing the action first e.g. I was baking biscuits with my sister in the kitchen. 
  • Passive Voice: These sentences tell us what has had the action done to it/them first e.g. The biscuits were baked by my sister and I in the kitchen. 

Formal/Informal Language: A journal is usually written in an informal style, but see if you can include features of both formal/informal language within your writing. 

  • Formal: Used for more official and serious purposes. Correct grammar should always be used e.g. I decided to investigate which material was the best to help keep my drink chilled. 
  • Informal: Used for more relaxed, casual and chatty styles within writing. Using contractions (wouldn’t, can’t etc) are features of informal writing as are using slang words and abbreviations like you may do when chatting to a friend or writing a text message e.g. I couldn’t keep my drinks cold for long in the cups we had at home, so me and mum found some bits and pieces in the cupboard and wanted to see which was the best. 


I look forward to reading all about what you have been doing.


See you soon – Mr Hebb