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Woodlands Primary

Writing

Our Vision 

‘Our vision is to ignite children’s imaginations, inspiring them as young authors to write freely and passionately, enabling them to take ownership of their own creations. We pledge to provide them with the tools and skills necessary to become literate individuals, immersing them in a world of rich language and communication where they can experience their own individual writing journey. We will provide them with purposeful opportunities to write for a range of audiences, allowing them to become independent thinkers and confident and creative authors.’

Our Principles  

  1. Provide children with a broad range of writing opportunities;

  2. Teach children the skills that will allow them to show an awareness of the audience, purpose and context of their writing;

  3. Offer and develop an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar;

  4. Enable effective composition by articulating and communicating ideas;

  5. Model and teach children how to organise their ideas coherently for a reader;

  6. Teach spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words;

  7. Develop a fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting style.

As a consequence of adopting these principles, pupils will:

  1. Write freely and passionately;

  2. Develop rich language and communication skills;

  3. Have the necessary tools to access the curriculum and to become literate individuals;

  4. Be able to transfer knowledge, ideas and skills between subject areas;

  5. Recognise the value of writing and communicating effectively;

  6. Be able to continue their literacy development throughout their school career.

Curriculum Rationale

Children will develop as writers, writing in different styles/genres/purposes for a range of audiences. We use a writing approach that allows the children to be immersed in a) content knowledge, b) genre features and c) high quality examples.  Our curriculum mapping accounts for teaching, rehearsal, forgetting, remembering and embedding within and across academic years.  Each unit will always focus on one of the 4 main purposes of writing, with an appropriate genre/task: 

  • To entertain: Narrative, poem, character/setting description and, play script.

  • To persuade: Speech, letter, advert and campaign.

  • To inform: Newspaper, report, recount, biography and essay.

  • To discuss: Balanced argument, newspaper and review.

A range of stimuli are used to inspire the children’s writing including high quality texts, film clips, practical activities and educational trips and visits. The latter allows for purposeful cross-curricular writing and an opportunity to practice skills away from the teaching.

The specific teaching of grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting are key components of the teaching of writing.  Children are expected to apply what they learn in ‘SPaG’ and handwriting lessons in their writing across the curriculum.

Lessons will be structured in a way that allows for teacher modelling, ongoing formative assessment, engaging in dialogue around writing and for all children to apply their writing skills across other areas of the primary mathematics curriculum.