Our writing curriculum is designed to produce enthusiastic, confident and expressive writers. We equip our pupils with a solid understanding of grammar, sentence structure, spelling and punctuation that they can apply to a wide range of writing tasks in both their further education and everyday life. Alongside this, this staff demonstrate a passion for writing, expose children to high quality texts, develop their spoken language and provide inspiring experiences to ignite children’s imagination and encourage a life-long appreciation and enjoyment of English in its many written forms.
What does Writing look like in our school?
Our writing lessons are linked to the pupils' termly learning theme. We use high quality text examples and real life experiences to inspire our writing activities.
In Early Years children develop their writing knowledge through daily phonics lessons. To apply and develop this knowledge they have a combination of child initiated writing opportunites, small group adult supported writing activities and direct teacher led writing lessons. We use the indoor and outdoor spaces to encourage children to mark-make and writing for a range of purposes.
In KS1, children have daily 45 minutes English lessons. The sequence of lessons is as follow: Grammar lesson, Identifying features of a text, Planning a piece of writing, Writing for a particular purpose/ genre and Editing and improving the piece of writing.
In addition to these discrete writing lessons, we also apply and teach writing across the curriculum.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation lessons are integrated into each writing unit, supplying the pupils with the knowledge required to transcribe their ideas fluently and effectively in a manner appropriate to the genre in which they are writing.
Spelling is taught through discrete, weekly lessons in which pupils are exposed to a spelling pattern or rule. Teachers employ a range of strategies to support the teaching of spelling. A home learning list of the weekly spelling patterns/rules is supplied to pupils to encourage practice at home and consolidate pupils’ spelling knowledge and understanding. Weekly spelling tests will be given in class.
We recognise that handwriting is an important part of the writing process and that pupils’ writing should be clear, consistent and fluent to facilitate effective communication. Joined, cursive handwriting is taught, and support is given to those pupils who require additional instruction and practice to achieve a fluent hand.