It is our intent to provide pupils with a high-quality education in Literacy that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 2 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum.
At our school, we believe lessons should be tailored to suit the needs of our children and therefore we use a range of resources to support our planning.
As stated in our Reading tab, we have a selection of Core Texts. These well-chosen texts provide rich language models and structures from which children can learn how writing works and the effect it can have on a reader. This approach aims to engage and motivate children in their literacy learning. It also enables children to deepen their understanding of texts and provides a meaningful context for writing.
We know that children draw on their experience of reading when shaping their own writing. When children have explored a range of texts across genres, they form an understanding and appreciation of how language functions and how best to use this when writing themselves.
Teachers use these texts to allow children to absorb the rhythms and patterns of language, reflecting the cultural, social and linguistic diversity of the children, as well as introducing a world beyond the familiar. When exposed to a range of texts that demonstrate expressive, informational and imaginative writing, children begin to understand how to control and manipulate the conventions of writing for a range of purposes throughout a variety of forms across narrative, non-fiction and poetry.
The Writing Curriculum follows the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum for England and is carefully planned and tailored to meet the needs of our children. In line with the National Curriculum, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
We intend for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We aim to ensure that pupils leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.
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Outcomes are measured through a variety of methods including both formative and summative assessment, learning walks, discussions with children, classroom observations, book scrutinies and external reviews.
We believe our impact is evident in our outstanding results at the end of each phase. Our children become more confident writers and are able to express their ideas more succinctly and fluently. We ensure that children become more structured in their written responses, learning to think carefully about the way in which they introduce, substantiate and develop their points. Children are able to experiment with language and explore different ways of discovering and shaping their own meanings. They become writers who use writing as a means of reflecting on and exploring a range of views and perspectives on the world.