Writing Curriculum Statement
At St. George's, we want all children to be able to communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions confidently through their writing.
We believe that all children should experience an abundance of quality, engaging texts that fosters a love for reading and stimulates children to write. We want all children to be immersed in a rich, creative and carefully planned curriculum that provides real life contexts for writing.
We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We believe in setting high standards in the presentation of writing along with setting the important foundations in spelling and grammar.
Our aim is for all children to leave our school, fully equipped with the literacy skills to achieve their dreams in future life.
At St. George's C of E Primary School, we understand the importance of a learning journey that leads to opportunities for extended pieces of writing.
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression through implementing Talk4Writing (T4W). This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. The clearly planned texts are used as 'hook's for children in order to ignite their interest into the writing process.
Children are expected to transfer their key topic knowledge and vocabulary into their writing and vice versa to transfer their spelling, grammar and punctuation knowledge into their topic work. We expect the high standards for writing in Literacy lessons to be evident within the work in all books.
We believe that writing is strengthened by instilling a love for reading within our pupils. Units of work are planned so that children are introduced to and immersed in a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
How is Writing taught at St. George's.
All writing units begin with a pre writing task known as a cold write. These independent writing tasks are completed before the unit of work commences to set targets and inform planning. The targets set are mostly grammar and punctuation focused, these knowledge and skills are explicitly taught through English lessons as much as possible.
We use carefully chosen model texts as well as live teacher modelling and shared writing so that pupils can see the process involved in creating a piece of writing. The learning journey is captured throughout a unit of work and is documented through consistent working walls and washing lines.
We recognise the vital importance of exposing our pupils to a rich and varied vocabulary and understand that their acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. We use model texts and class novels to teach vocabulary in context and encourage discussion around word choices when writing. Dictionaries, thesauruses and word mats are readily available throughout all writing lessons.
Guided writing sessions are used to target specific needs of both groups and individuals. All children are given focus spellings and are encouraged to integrate these into their writing. The weekly spellings are taken from the spelling rules being taught in their discrete RWI spelling session at KS2 and spelling lists at KS2. However, if a pupil is needing extra support with spelling then spellings will match their ability and need.
Staff follow our Marking and Feedback policy, to provide pupils with live feedback as much as possible so that children are actively involved in drafting, editing and improving their writing. From an early age, children are encouraged to proofread their work carefully to check for spelling and punctuation errors. By the time children get to Key Stage 2, they will plan, draft and edit independently, enabling them to fully take part in the writing process.
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