I have just started a new job and I gave my class an independent writing task to do today. I was quite shocked at their low writing ability. The sentence structure and punctuation was very poor; very basic vocabulary used, and some of it needed mediation. Their writing stamina was very poor; after only a minute or two several of them were giving up. They are Year 3. I have taught this age group before and although I don't like to make comparisons, they are operating at a much lower level; some at P levels, some at level 1. I think I will do short sharp bursts of sentence/word level work twice a day to boost their sentence construction, punctuation, vocabulary etc. in addition to guided writing sessions, use lots of modelling, talk for writing etc. Any good ideas I haven't thought of?