Writing

IMPLEMENTATION - APPROACHES TO WRITING

Planning

Writing is planned for from the Curriculum maps relating to the 2014 National Curriculum.  Teachers are skilled in planning for teaching sequences which enthuse, develop and challenge the children in their classes.  Writing planning details which text the writing is linked to, GPS which has been taught and which genre and curriculum area it is linked to.

Writing Process

The link between reading and writing is emphasized and writing is also taught through our use of high quality texts which are used to demonstrate, analyse effective writing techniques and vocabulary and to model aspirational writing.  

We place emphasis on the writing process and time is given to gather and generate ideas, vocabulary, plan, draft and redraft.  Classrooms have a working wall to support this writing process.

Each class from Year One have a weekly focus writing session to develop their writing skills with targeted objectives for each group within the class.

Over the past few years we have been developing the children’s ability to proof read and to edit their own writing from Year One to Year Six.  We have a robust marking system which provides verbal and written feedback to pupils to enable them to correct errors, to address misconceptions and to improve their work whilst also celebrating their achievements in writing.

The recommended teaching sequence for writing based upon a text is;

  • reading the text and checking understanding
  • analysing structure and language features
  • studying, learning and practising relevant grammatical and vocabulary based skills
  • shorter writing composition opportunities and activities to respond to reading
  • planning longer pieces of writing
  • creating longer pieces of writing
  • evaluating and self/peer assessing pieces of writing
  • editing, improving and redrafting where appropriate.

Weekly Quality Writing

Each week every child is given the opportunity to produce a piece of quality writing.  This may be with a literacy focus or within another curriculum area. Throughout each year all children have the opportunity to explore different types of writing across the curriculum for different purposes and audiences.  We are currently working on the whole school writing within a specific genre at the same time to enable us to monitor progress within this genre.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

We aim to develop the children’s ability to produce well structured, detailed writing in which the meaning is made clear and which engages the interest of the reader. Attention is paid throughout the school to the formal structures of English, grammatical detail, punctuation and spelling. 

“Spelling Guidelines” detail which spelling patterns and common exception words are to be covered in each year group. Our phonics programme is used from Reception to Year One to develop spelling strategies whilst the first term in Year Two is used to reinforce the spelling of vowel sounds in particular.  Weekly GPS sessions are delivered in conjunction with GPS taught within writing lessons in addition to the creative approaches to spelling, punctuation and grammar which we employ to interest and motivate the children. Children are encouraged to keep a spelling journal to note strategies to help them to retain spellings.  Spelling tests are carried out weekly.

Handwriting

The “Join It” handwriting scheme is used to develop letter formation and orientation.  Reception class develop a clear printed style with a focus on correct pencil grip, Year One use a clear printed style with lead ins, whilst joins are begun in Year Two.   At Key Stage Two joined handwriting continues to be taught in formal sessions leading to pupils developing their own style of handwriting, matching presentation to purpose.  We have introduced writing samples from the previous year stuck in all books across the curriculum to maintain standards in handwriting and expectations as we observed children writing inconsistently across the curriculum.

Writing Moderation

We have trained moderators in both key stages to support our in house moderation which is carried out over two classes. Externally we have year group moderation meetings within our network of schools. Our Key Stage Two writing was highly favourably moderated in July 2019.

 

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