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Next steps

James has made exceptional progress as a writer and will continue to benefit from the lively, cross-curricular, investigative approaches and the emphasis on talk, which underpin planning in his class. He needs to develop a wider understanding of the purposes and structures of non-fiction, non-narrative writing, something which suggests that the Primary National Strategies Year 2 units, e.g. on explanations, information texts and non-chronological writing will be valuable.

Through individual conferences and guided writing it will be important to encourage him to develop ways of signalling the overall structure of what he writes from the outset and, within texts, learn to use a range of punctuation commensurate with his underlying grammatical knowledge of sentence structure, possibly drawing on Year 3 and Year 4 objectives. More experience of reading his work aloud may help this development.