Writing

Intent

Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum at St Michael’s Catholic Primary school. By the end of Year Six we intend our children to have developed a love of reading and writing and to be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through their spoken language and written word. We also intend to create writers who can re-read, edit and improve their own writing, and enable pupils to be able to confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. At St Michael’s Catholic school, we set high expectations for all our children to take pride in their work and have a fluent, cursive handwriting style (KS2) alongside allowing their imaginations to flourish. Our aim is that children leave for higher education with a lifelong passion and confidence for writing and expressing their imaginations and creative ideas.

Implementation

  • A variety of teaching and learning styles are used to support all pupils and their needs.
  • We work closely with other agencies, using their professional advice to support children with SEND to access the English curriculum effectively.
  • We use Jane Considine in our approach to writing as this enables a clear modelling sequence to teach and support the children in becoming confident, independent writers. It also allows us to meet the needs of children with SEND, EAL and gifted and talented.
  • Use of progression document for SPAG that builds on previous year groups and enables connections to be made.
  • Use of progression document for genre expectations to ensure children are developing their written skills in these areas within each year group.
  • Use of Abraxas frameworks and TAF (in Y2 & 6) to mark independent writes to note progress and plan for next steps in children’s learning.
  • Use of Twinkle spelling scheme to support the teaching of spelling as it follows the year group appropriate spelling rules in the National Curriculum.
  • Use of Debbie Hepplewhite’s handwriting scheme to develop handwriting pattern in EYFS/ KS1 and the cursive style in KS2

Impact

Pupils will make good progress from their own personal starting points. By the end of Year Six they will be able to write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our pupils will acquire a wide vocabulary and have a strong command of the written word. Most importantly, they will develop a love of writing and be well equipped for the rest of their education taking their creativity, passion for English and high aspirations with them as they move onto higher level learning.

Due to COVID restrictions and national lockdowns, we have ensured the children do not have gaps in their learning by using a consistent approach throughout school (Jane Considine). This approach allows for adequate repetition and rehearsal of key grammar, punctuation and spelling rules so that our children do not have gaps in their learning. At the beginning of the year, we made sure that we looked specifically at the previous year group writing expectations, to make sure the children were familiar on how to use them effectively within their writing.

How can I support my child in their writing?

You can talk to your child about their current class text and ask them questions to develop their level of understanding, comprehension and to build vocabulary. You can also ensure you give time daily to support them with their spellings. Your teacher should provide you with a list of words that your child is expected to be able to spell for their year group. This builds on  spellings learnt in previous year groups. Regular practise both at home and in school will support your child greatly.

If you have any questions, please come and speak with us at school.

Year 1 Spelling List

Year 2 Spelling List

Years 3 and 4 Spelling List

Years 5 and 6 Spelling List

How can I support my child with their handwriting?

You can have high expectations of the written work they produce at home. You can also complete any extra support provided by the teacher together with your child. Model first how to form the letters and support and encourage your child to have a go, talking through it with them as you go along. Take note of where the letter should start, how it sits on the line and where the letter finishes. In Key Stage 2 your child will be learning the cursive formation.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to come and speak with us at school.

Please click here  for the writing assessment framework from Y1 -Y6.