Writing

Intent

At St. Margaret’s Primary School, we prioritise the teaching of writing both as a core subject and one which unlocks opportunity in all other subjects. We aim to develop children who are clear, effective communicators who respond to their audience and the context appropriately and in doing so have the opportunity to write in a widening variety of forms for different purposes using appropriate grammar forms. Additionally, we develop their ability to spell correctly and write in a cursive style of handwriting and support children of all abilities through appropriate modelling and scaffolding to enable them to express themselves through writing. 

Implementation

Each class in the school has daily writing sessions as it is integral in all other areas of the curriculum. The Foundation Stage follows curriculum guidance for Literacy. Class teachers plan for opportunities for writing in both the indoor and outside areas. Foundation Stage children have the opportunity to write on a daily basis through own choice and structured adult led tasks throughout the environment. We encourage the children to write independently from an early age. To support the development of writing, the children progress through the Development Matters document which outlines the ages and stages of progression for the EYFS curriculum. Each classroom has a well organised writing area that over the year includes a variety of different resources for mark making and writing such as large sheets of paper, coloured paper, notebooks, diaries, postcards, clipboards, whiteboards, pens, pencils, high-frequency word cards, alphabet cards, interactive displays, messages and examples of children’s writing. Activities are planned daily to develop children’s fine and gross motor skills e.g. building wrist strength by twirling ribbon sticks, practising writing patterns with big brushes and water, making letters in the sand etc. In daily phonics sessions, children are taught to use and practise their writing skills (see reading and phonics policy).

In KS1 and 2 the Long Term Plans shows the curriculum is organised around writing purposes. The grammar, punctuation, and writing composition objectives are planned according to the best fit within these writing purposes.

KS1 Writing Purposes

· To recount

· To inform

· To explain

· To instruct/explain

· To entertain through narrative and poetry

 

KS2 Writing Purposes

· To recount

· To inform

· To explain

· To instruct/explain

· To argue/discuss

· To persuade

· To entertain through narrative and poetry

 

The Long Term Plan for each year group is structured so during each term there are taught units which will explicitly teach writing objectives. These units can be from 1 – 3 weeks long depending on the writing purpose. From Year 2 to Year 6, all children are expected to produce three pieces of extended writing per term covering a range of genres. Later in the term, application units are explicitly planned so the children can apply the taught objectives and writing skills for the same writing purpose but for a different context to show the progress they have independently made with their writing.

 

Each writing unit has grammar focuses which feed into writing sessions across the curriculum. Purposes for writing are closely linked to the grammar and punctuation requirements for that purpose of writing. Writing units and are linked to the current Learning Journeys. Links are shown on plans.

 

KS1 and 2 follow the 2014 National Curriculum knowledge and skills for Writing and Grammar. Writing is assessed against the statutory requirements in the National Curriculum’s programme of study which are used to record children’s progress and to set targets. The weekly plan identifies which objectives are being taught, together with texts being used. The teacher will use this time to make ongoing judgements about the children’s abilities in writing composition, grammar, spelling, punctuation and handwriting.

 

Writing units generally follow the following structure:

Planning

· In KS1 children plan their writing using a range of the following strategies, in KS2 the planning stage is compiled and evidenced in an ‘Ideas book’ (see appendix). This may include:

  • Text analysis of the writing purpose
  • - Reading and identifying text and structural features of the purpose/genre. From this a writing toolbelt is made by the teacher and/or children to use when they are writing.
  • Discrete, explicit teaching of grammar/ punctuation features needed for the writing purpose.
  •  Teacher modelled, group or individual planning of the text to be written

Writing

· Teacher instructed modelling of text including sentence structure to show how the grammar/punctuation objectives can be embedded into the text.

 

· Independent writing from the children including appropriate scaffolding and differentiation. The writing is proof-read and checked against a writing toolkit for the structural aspects of the writing purpose and against a writer’s checklist for the sentence structure skills needed in their writing.

 

Proofreading and editing

· Modelled, paired, independent editing and redrafting of sentences or sections of their writing to ensure all writing toolkit structural features and the appropriate writer’s checklist features for the writing purpose are included in the child’s writing. Children use purple pens to show their proofreading and editing changes.

 

Publishing

· Periodically sections of texts or whole texts are chosen to be published for display and/or to be included in their Learning Journey books.

Impact

The quality of our children’s writing, including content, range of genres, grammar and handwriting can be seen not just in English books but also in the wider curriculum. Attainment in writing in KS1 has steadily improved over the past three years and is currently significantly above both county and national averages. External moderations confirm that all judgements in writing are accurate. 

 

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The Primary School, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0AQ

Mrs Hillman
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Jo Hiscock
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