Writing

Subject leader: Mrs Hunt

 

Intent:

Writing is a life skill that all children must master before they leave primary school. We feel passionately that the ability to write is critical to a child's success and we therefore put a great deal of effort into ensuring children are able to do it well. We intend to ensure that there is a good balance of secretarial skills such as spelling, handwriting, punctuation and grammar.  In addition, we intend to develop strong writers who can produce quality pieces in a range of genres, including poetry, stories and information texts. Writing is also key to success in the broader curriculum -since it is one of the main methods used by children to demonstrate their learning- therefore we intend for writing skills to be practised throughout the school day.  

 

Implementation:

In English lessons, writing is taught through our book-led curriculum: the emphasis on reading is key, as it is a pre-cursor to writing. Pupils have daily English lessons, following a carefully planned learning journey, which ultimately leads to the production of a range of fiction and non fiction writing outcomes. Within the learning journey, pupils may be taught how to gather and select vocabulary for effect, how to use literary features typical of a particular genre, such as personification in description (higher up the school), or adjectives (lower down the school).  They learn how to plan and edit writing, in order to ensure good quality outcomes. 

 

Impact:

Our pupils produce fantastic writing outcomes, and are justifiably proud of their work!  Indeed, they love to showcase their writing in our half-termly writing assemblies, and Year 2 are always overjoyed when they earn their pen licences for amazing writing! We are confident that writers get off to a good start in Year R, often being able to write multiple sentences unaided by the end of the year and this progress continues to develop at a good pace through to Year 6. We moderate pupils' writing within a Soft Federation of local schools to quality assure our pupils' writing outcomes and to help us monitor and evaluate our own standards and expectations.