KS2 writing assessment: clarifying cohesion

    Published: 05 December 2017


    What does cohesion look like at ‘Working At the Expected Standard’?

    TAF statement:

    • Use a range of devices to build cohesion (e.g. conjunctions, adverbials of time and place, pronouns, synonyms) within and across paragraphs


    Although the TAF statement linked to this point is a little clearer than its ITAF predecessor, what is meant by ‘cohesion’ and ‘cohesive devices’ remain tricky terms to untangle.

    In order to add some clarity to what the DFE considers to be effective cohesion in writing, I have worked through the annotations within Morgan’s writing portfolio and noted each and every reference that has been made to cohesion. I have then recorded the example of cohesion from the writing sample. Where deemed necessary, I have then added a few more notes unpicking the cohesive strategy and how Morgan uses it in his writing. Finally, I have turned this into a teaching tip, so that teachers can see what they might do to support their children to achieve better cohesion in their writing.

    It looks like this: 


    This grid has been saved here as a PDF for you to download and use as necessary. 

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