Since the Summer Term 2021 and in response to the impact of national closures, the school has implemented a more consistent and progressive approach to the teaching of writing supported by the work of Jane Considine and The Write Stuff. In doing this, we aim to ensure children understand how to apply sentence scaffolds to their independent writing as they develop their expertise. They are also provided with a clearer view of what high quality writing looks like and their learning is structured robustly with any misconceptions addressed swiftly. Using this approach, teachers can give pupils clear guidance with less confident areas, such as cohesion and paragraph formation. Pupils are given a stronger concept of how to build, plan and complete a piece of writing due to narrative maps and non-fiction shapes. They also know how to improve their writing and make it more focussed and interesting.
The school also employs a No Nonsense approach to the teaching of grammar and spelling, by providing pupils from Years 1 to 6 with a stronger toolkit from which to achieve the Expected and Greater Depth Standards. The use of tool symbols to represent a variety of grammar and punctuation will act as vital reminders to enable pupils to grasp a better understanding of the key features necessary to complete a more accomplished piece of writing. There are six key themes, such as Sentence Construction, Verbs, Nouns and Noun Phrases, Punctuation, Cohesion and Adverbials.
There will be discreet spelling sessions in class and taught themes will be based upon quality texts, allowing pupils the opportunities to "mine" and analyse for examples of the key themes. As a school, we feel that strong writers start from being strong and avid readers.
Along with interesting and well-chosen class novels, guided reading sessions at least three times a week will enable pupils to experience different themes from established authors. There will be grammar and word level tasks stemming from these; followed by shared, modelled writing; culminating in the pupils undertaking an independent writing exercise utilising the taught techniques.
Our Writing curriculum is organised around larger blocks (one per half term) focussing on the purpose for writing and what different 'genres' or 'text types' have in common. The four writing purposes we will be using are:
Writing to Entertain
Writing to Inform
Writing to Persuade
Writing to Discuss
KS1 only focus on the purposes of writing to Entertain and Inform. LKS2 look at writing to Entertain, Inform and Persuade, whilst UKS2 look at all four purposes.
Our overall aim is to ensure standards of writing improve and our pupils have the stamina, knowledge and skills to write independently. This can all be achieved through a combination of our teaching strategies and increased frequency of writing tasks.