Teaching Writing in Years 5 and 6

The Magic Callaloo book cover
8th October, 2024 - 10:00 am to 15:30 pm


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
Webber Street
London SE1 8QW Map

Books provided

Lunch provided

Resources provided



Key Stage 2


Class Teacher

Phase Leader

Subject Leader

Explore the key experiences and teaching approaches that support writers in Year 5 and 6.

What you will learn:

  • what to expect of writers at this stage of their writing journey and how to support progress and achievement in Upper Key Stage 2;
  • the range of contexts and experiences that meet the needs and interests of children in Year 5 and 6, enabling them to be confident, engaged and motivated to write;
  • how to choose and use quality texts to exemplify an increasing range of authentic literary forms, writing voices and authorial styles, provide language models, enrich vocabulary and inspire opportunities for writing;
  • a range of approaches that support children’s growing independence, fluency and stamina as writers and exemplify each element of an authentic writing process, including the building of imaginative ideas, crafting, drafting, editing and publication;
  • how to enable children to use and apply knowledge of grammar and spelling in meaningful contexts to write for effect, choosing and using appropriate register, style with audience and purpose in mind.

All elements of the training are in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.

This is one day course is one of four Teaching Writing courses tailored to the needs of children from Nursery to Year 6. Leaders might attend one or all four to embed consistency of practice throughout their school.

What you will receive:

  • a full day training, refreshments and lunch;
  • a handout of the presentation slides;
  • a high-quality text and associated Power of Reading teaching sequence to support immediate implementation in the classroom.

Why choose CLPE for your literacy training?

CLPE is a respected, trusted and innovative centre of excellence, its reputation established over its fifty-year history of training teachers in best practice that is rooted in ground-breaking research. Our responsiveness to trends and patterns in education means we are able to guide you in interpreting policy with integrity.

Our face-to-face courses are all held at our Literacy Library a unique 25,000 volume resource, which enables us to place high-quality children’s literature at the heart of our ethos and practice. Each course is delivered by one of CLPE’s expert advisory teachers, who can draw on decades of experience and expertise in leadership and literacy, supporting you to effect sustainable change that is built on a solid foundation of evidence.

CLPE courses can be delivered to a whole school, academy trust, teaching school alliance or consortium. Find out more about a group booking at Face-to-face INSET | Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (clpe.org.uk)


We already use CLPE schemes of work extensively in school, but today’s session has helped to give me a better understanding of how and why certain activities and approaches are used. I have also picked up on some nuances which will help me get even more out of activities we currently do. More generally, I enjoyed reflecting on how we, as teachers, frame writing for pupils and found the completing of pupil tasks really useful to empathise with how pupils must feel.

Participant 2024

This was an amazing course that sent me away 'buzzing' with excitement. Learnt how to move the reading into writing, lots of ideas to use with the book and then transfer to other books. This will have great impact on moving writing forward in school.

Participant 2023