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Our aims in the teaching of writing are:
- To value every part of the writing process and to develop our pupils as enthusiastic writers.
- To plan for progression in the teaching and learning of writing using different strategies for giving appropriate support at each stage of the writing process.
- Planning for writing will be based upon the National Curriculum and curriculum guidance for the foundation stage.
- Children will be given as many ‘real’ reasons for writing as possible, incorporating cross curricular opportunities. Writing will be for a range of purposes and audiences, including books, poetry, captions, lists, recipes, articles, letters, instructions, stories, reports, records, memos, experiments etc. Film and drama will be used to enhance ideas and motivation for writing.
- The content of writing will be valued. Punctuation, handwriting and spelling will be taught and encouraged but will not always dominate marking. Children will be told what the focus of each piece of work is.
- Children will be taught from the early years how to write independently and be shown how to use word books and dictionaries for unknown words. They will be encouraged to attempt words independently on some occasions to assist with creativity.
- Throughout the school children will have opportunities to be involved in the whole writing process of drafting, re-drafting and presentation. During KS1 and 2 children will have shared writing (whole class) and guided writing (small group) sessions within English. Separate time will be given for extended individual writing.
- Children will be taught how to use word processing as a tool for writing, drafting and re-drafting and as an alternative type of presentation.
- Children will be encouraged to improve their writing, considering increasing interest to the reader, using a rich vocabulary and different methods of presentation.
- Topics for writing should be wide and varied, of interest to both genders and to different cultures and backgrounds. Children will be given opportunities to empathise with others through their writing.
- Grammar will be taught in a progressive form utilising stimuli including video clips, pictures and links to class texts with focused learning intentions. Lessons will provide explanations of the grammar concepts, scaffolded AFL whiteboard challenges with independent writing opportunities that provoke the children’s creativity and inspire their imaginations.