Writing subject information

At Thorpepark Academy we recognise that children are able to communicate and express themselves through their writing. It is our aim to ensure that writing opportunities across the curriculum equip the children with the ability to communicate their ideas, knowledge and emotions confidently and creatively.

Intent

As a school, we aim to deliver high quality teaching that ensures children are able to develop an acquisition of knowledge and skills to write clearly and coherently, in line with the National Curriculum.

Whilst intending to instil a love for writing from an early age, we also strive for independence in adapting language choices and writing features by identifying audiences and purposes. We recognise that good writers have the ability to refine and edit their writing over time. For this reason, we aim for children to develop their independence in identifying their own areas for improvement, enabling them to edit during and after the writing process.

We want children to acquire the basic skills needed to write effectively, such as using advanced vocabulary, gaining a secure understanding of grammatical features and spelling efficiently by applying spelling patterns and rules.

At Thorpepark Academy we intend on children taking pride in their work, including the presentation of their writing, by developing a legible joined handwriting style before leaving primary school.

Implementation

We teach using an adapted Talk for Writing approach throughout the school that involves text imitation, boxing up, toolkits, scaffolded writing and shared writing that ultimately leads up to independent innovations and applications.

Two-week units of writing include a range of genres that are carefully selected to make some cross-curricular links and progress throughout the year groups. Each unit begins with the children being presented with inspiring and engaging materials. Using high quality model texts and familiar texts from our literacy spine enables children to use what they have read to enhance their writing. The children are taught the required basic skills for the particular genre to connect with the intended outcome. The writing process is then modelled through a planning, drafting, editing and redrafting process with clear context and purpose before publishing a final piece. Children’s published pieces are assessed using the teacher assessment frameworks to identify progress made and areas for development.

Throughout the school, teachers often focus on standalone spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons to embed or consolidate learning. Children are then encouraged to apply a greater range of skills across the wider curriculum.

Handwriting is not only taught discreetly but is an essential part of the weekly timetable. Explicit handwriting lessons are taught daily week to encourage legibility and joins.

Further subject information:

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