Our aim is to ensure that children are able to write in a way that engages the reader through a range of genres.
We teach children to:
write with confidence, fluency and understanding;
know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction and poetry, and understand and be familiar with some of the ways in which narratives are structured through basic literacy ideas of setting, character and plot;
understand, use and be able to write a range of non-fiction texts;
plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing;
have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their writing;
through writing, develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
Pupils are taught to write for a range of purposes and or different audiences. They write in response to a wide range of stimuli including drama and theatre groups, real and imagined experiences, stories, plays, poems, their own interests and activities they participate in within the classroom.
Children have lots of cross curricular opportunities to write and are taught the basics of grammar, punctuation, phonics, spelling and handwriting systematically as they move across the school. We want our pupils to enjoy writing and become fully independent writers able to use all the various styles and conventions of writing. They are provided with opportunities to evaluate and improve their work through editing, proof-reading and redrafting. We are keen for pupils to develop a neat, cursive handwriting script and teach children to form their letters correctly as soon as they start writing, please refer to our handwriting policy for models of how we teach letter formation.
Through BIG WRITE sessions pupils also have the opportunity to use the skills they learn in class as they write for a range of purposes for extended periods of time. Writing and reading are seen as complementary, and we ask parents to support at home through following the home reading scheme and helping children to learn their weekly spellings - this really is important as when children can spell what they want to say their writing really does improve significantly.