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Writing

Writing

Our curriculum ensures that all children have plenty of opportunities to write for different purposes. We encourage writing through all curriculum areas and use quality reading texts to model examples of good writing. We believe that children need lots of rich speaking and drama activities to give them the imagination and the experiences that will equip them to become good writers.

Writing

As a school, we have adopted “The Write Stuff” by Jane Constantine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing.  “The Write Stuff” follows a method called “Sentence Stacking” which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing.  An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken in to three chunks:

  1. Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence.
  2. Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques.
  3. Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.

In Reception, children are encouraged to develop their emergent writing through mark making. Letter formation is practised on a regular basis. Children are taught how to form a comfortable pencil grip. Opportunities to practise their writing are provided within a rich environment through play-based activities.

In Key Stage One, children are taught to develop printed letter formation, leading into cursive writing. The spelling of high frequency words is learnt in school, and tested on a regular basis. Children are encouraged to use these correctly in their written work. Children start by orally rehearsing sentences, writing them and reading them back. Children are also taught basic punctuation and grammatical structures. At the end of a unit, children will produce a best piece of writing.

In Key stage Two, children are expected to join their handwriting. Spelling rules and strategies build upon children’s phonic knowledge. Children are tested regularly on their spellings through dictations and tests. A range of genres are modelled through Write Stuff and other approaches. Children are given opportunities to write for a range of purposes. Grammar and punctuation are specifically taught and expected to be demonstrated in their writing. At the end of each unit of work, children will produce a best piece of writing, which they have edited independently. They may also produce a piece of writing linked to their topic work.

The National Curriculum for English

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