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Writing

Writing is an essential part of the curriculum: a subject that not only stands alone, but on that should be an integral part of all learning.

Writing is an essential skill, which features in many curriculum areas. The emphasis is always on providing a real purpose and audience for the children. Writing includes developing sentence structure, building vocabulary, text organisation and writing different genres. Children are encouraged to write independently from their earliest days in school and continue to build upon this foundation through the school.

We have adopted an approach to writing called The Write Stuff . This approach, linked tightly to the objectives of the writing national curriculum, has been developed by Jane Considine, an English consultant with more than twenty years’ experience within the field of primary English. It is an evidence-based approach and links to current educational thought on cognitive theory, metacognition and memory.

The Write Stuff is based upon teaching sequences that slide between experience days and sentence stacking lessons. Starting with a quality text, pupils are immersed in the context of this through experience days. These days may include drama, role play, research, visits and other immersion activities.

From this, pupils move into sentence stacking lessons. With modelling at the heart of these, the sentence stacking lessons are broken into bite-sized chunks and taught under the structural framework of The Writing Rainbow. Teachers begin by modelling the ideas, grammar and techniques of writing, explicitly discussing the purpose and effect of these, before pupils move on to use these elements independently. Throughout this process, pupils are given focused and actionable feedback on their work to allow them to develop their writing skills further. At the end of each unit of work, pupils produce an independent piece of writing, deploying the techniques they have been taught.

Writing Subject on a Page

Writing Progression Document