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Boy in the Tower – speech writing KS2

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PDF lesson plan for KS2

Key Stage



Years 3-6


Teachers and students often find KS2 formal written pieces difficult.

In moderation meetings and online forums, they emerge as an area of concern – particularly for our greater depth pupils.

Teachers are nervous about balancing independent writing with modelling and how to support children to maintain consistency with their formal writing.

The solution? Plan opportunities during the year for children to practise writing and speaking formally.  

These lessons will help your pupils develop their formal voice as they adopt the role of the Prime Minister in a dystopian world. 

What they’ll learn

  • Read for meaning 
  • Draw on what they have read for their writing 
  • Write effectively for a clear purpose and audience 
  • Plan, write and edit a formal speech 
  • Deliver a formal speech 

Rose McDermott is a middle leader at an East London primary. She regularly consults and writes content for children’s publishers. She has a book due to be released in 2023. 

Boy in the Tower – speech writing KS2

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