How we teach Writing
Daily literacy sessions take place in all classes where children are taught the skills that they need to become thoughtful and imaginative writers.
Writing is taught through units of work that quite often link to the topics being studied in class. These focus on a specific type of text, e.g. recounts, instructions, fairy tales, etc. The units take the children from reading and analysing examples of that particular text type, gathering and developing their ideas then writing their own. As well as being taught to voice and improve their ideas, the children learn specific grammar, punctuation and spelling skills within each year group.
Details of the learning expected in each class can be found on their page in the ‘Classes’ section of the website.
Children are encouraged to present their ideas in a variety of formats, not simply in their exercise books. These could be leaflets, posters, published books for our library or powerpoint, etc. We believe that this helps the children to see themselves as writing for a real purpose.
Handwriting is taught using the ‘little and often’ philosophy. The children are introduced to letters with a ‘flick’ in Reception Class with a more formal cursive writing style being introduced later in school, around Years Two or Three, depending on the ability of the child. Sometime during Year Three, each child should earn their ‘Pen License’, which means that they move from writing with a pencil to a pen. The children are very proud when they achieve this. Pens and certificates are presented in Merit Assemblies.
Each half term we present a Writer of the half term award (The Sue Dean Award) to a child in school. Their work is displayed in the hall and they receive a special trophy to keep at home. This is a coveted award and the children work hard to achieve it.
English Working Walls
English Working walls support the current learning in class. They can include good examples of work, key vocabulary, checklists and success criteria, key grammatical terms, spellings and the ideas children come up with.
Here is an example of one from KS1.
Here is the working wall from Year 3 & 4 (Autumn term 2 2019)
And here is the working wall from Year 5 & 6 (autumn term 2 2019)