Our curriculum ensures that all children have plenty of opportunities to write for different purposes. We encourage writing through all curriculum areas and use quality reading texts to model examples of good writing. Writing is taught through a number of different strategies. We believe that children need lots of rich speaking activities to give them the imagination and the experiences that will equip them to become good writers.
This journey begins in EYFS through the immersion of stories to develop communication and language skills. Handwriting encourages accuracy in letter formation and prepares them to become a writer and take small steps into lessons similar to those seen in Year 1.
In Year 1, children use a reading book, which is matched to their current phonic ability, as a stimulus for the week. They orally rehearse sentences to write ensuring that the focus is on the structure of a sentence and uses their current phonic knowledge to enable accurate encoding.
Vocabulary and discussion skills are explored and practised daily through an immersion of a story during the afternoon. These sessions create a language rich environment where children can explore their imagination and creativity to prepare themselves to become creative writers.
In Year 2-6, we have adopted “The Write Stuff” by Jane Considine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing. “The Write Stuff” follows a method called “Sentence Stacking” which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing. An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken in to three chunks:
- Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence.
- Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques.
- Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.
“The Write Stuff” also reinforces grammar through the use of:
The FANTASTICs which is an acronym that summarises the ideas of writing
The Grammar Rainbow is a classroom tool that enables the teacher to drive key grammar messages.
The BOOMTASTIC which helps children capture 10 ways of adding drama and poetic devices to writing in a vivid visual way.