English - Writing
'Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.'
At Holy Family we explore a range of cross-curricular writing opportunities taught within a high-quality text-based curriculum, to encourage our children to develop their writing skills to become independent and motivated writers. Through a variety of teaching approaches we consistently aim to provide children with the fundamental foundations to become effective and confident communicators.
- Foster a love of writing throughout their time in school and show an appreciation of their work.
- Develop vivid imaginations, allowing them to effectively engage their audience to enjoy their writing.
Use increasingly highly-developed vocabulary and have a strong knowledge of writing techniques to organise and structure their writing successfully.
To enable our children to write effectively and coherently we teach Writing using 'The Write Stuff' approach by Jane Considine. This approach is used from Year 1 to Year 6 and allows children to apply basic skills, vocabulary and grammar knowledge to write effective sentences, which are full of impact and keep the reader interested. 'The Write Stuff' brings clarity to the mechanics of teaching writing. It is introduced though the 'Writing Rainbow', using the three zones of writing:
From 'The Writing Rainbow', lenses are used to support children within their writing journey and to ensure that all children can use them in context as they move through school.
As part of the teaching sequence, teachers plan experience days; sentence stacking lessons and independent writing sequences. Experience days immerse children in experiences linked to their writing and drench them in vocabulary linked to the lenses.
Sentence stacking lessons include effective demonstration writing from the teacher and the writing of high-quality sentences using the rainbow. Children are also given the opportunity to 'Deepen The Moment' and add more to their writing using a lense of their choice.
Independent writing sequences give children the opportunity to showcase everything they've learnt in their experience days and sentence stacking lessons. They are given the opportunity to apply everything they have learnt through a process of planning, writing and editing their work.
Writing activities support children when applying their grammatical knowledge into their composition and we will discretely teach key concepts to the children whilst exploring texts.
Spelling and word knowledge are key components in the process of learning to read and write. To support our children develop these key skills, we use 'Spelling Shed'. This programme is aligned with the English National Curriculum and spelling lists are generated by our teachers to ensure clear progression throughout year groups. Spelling patterns and rules are explored in class, with a variety of games which are fun and engaging for children to build their word study skills and confidence in spelling. This programme also allows children to access personalised lists for those needing extra support.
Cursive handwriting is first introduced in Year 1 and then implemented across school using the 'Letter-join' cursive handwriting scheme. At Holy Family, we have high expectations of presentation and handwriting to ensure all writing is joined and legible, therefore meeting the expectations set for the end of Key Stage 2 and ensuring all work can be enjoyed by everyone.
The impact of our Writing curriculum is measured in a variety of ways. Summative assessments are used across the school, written work throughout the term is assessed to inform teachers of pupils’ next steps and successes. Daily, on-going assessments, combined with AfL strategies, are crucial in providing instant feedback to teachers and ensures progress within every lesson.
- Be able to manipulate and use adventurous vocabulary choices, transferring subject-specific terminology into cross-curricular pieces of writing.
- Successfully evaluate and identify ways to improve their work, using strategies to support them within the editing process.
- Use the 'writing cycle' to plan, draft, edit, review and finalise their ideas within a range of genres.
Be proud to share their work and to appreciate that different text types can be suitable for varied audience.