Writing is at the heart of school topics and is taught through a range of high quality and exciting stimuli, including books, film clips, outdoor learning and personal experiences. All staff work towards enhancing vocabulary and teach grammar within units of work to help pupils develop and enrich their writing experiences. Pupils are taught to recognise the range of social functions that writing can perform (e.g. persuade, instruct, inform) and to develop a clear understanding of the structure and language features associated with different genres of text. Teachers use a range of strategies, such as modelled and shared writing to enhance pupils’ understanding of the writing process and they are set personal targets to support this even further. There is a clear progression in the teaching of English which includes the familiarisation of the text type through reading, the identification of structure and language features, modelled writing, shared writing, guided writing and independent writing. Progression of teaching writing includes exploring features, planning, drafting, assessing and editing. Pupils are taught to edit their writing, knowing this is an integral part of the writing process.
Spelling is taught discretely in all classes throughout the week and reinforced across the curriculum. In EYFS and KS1 where pupils are following the RWI programme, new words and initial spelling strategies form part of phonics programme and discreet writing sessions. Once past the RWI programme, spelling patterns and words are taught using the RWI spelling programme for yr 2-6. New spelling patterns are taught on a weekly basis with opportunities to practise, apply and develop spelling skills and knowledge throughout the week, across all areas of curriculum. Pupils are supported further with access to Nessy spelling, Communicating Print and other interventions as necessary.
Handwriting in our school begins with correct letter formation, before moving onto a cursive style in KS1 when it is appropriate. This is then continued all the way through KS2.