At our federation, we want children to enjoy writing, therefore we ensure children are writing for a purpose, so that their work is meaningful to them. Each year, the children are taught how to write in a range of text types for different audiences. The new curriculum for writing is made up of 4 sections, which are spelling, handwriting, composition and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. All four sections are taught progressively across our federation and we link them together as much as possible.
Reading sits at the core of all learning within the curriculum. Children’s understanding of a subject relies on their ability to read and comprehend questions and information. Our federation develops reading in different ways ranging from discrete guided and shared reading to cross curricular modelling and assessment.
In Early Years and KS1, the children are taught phonics using the Read, Write Inc resource. Once children are secure in their phonics, they move on to learning spelling rules and patterns. The children take home spellings to learn each week.
Across the federation, children are taught to form their letters correctly using cursive script. They then move on to learning how to join their letters correctly.
This is planning, drafting, editing and evaluating writing. Across the federation, the children will plan their writing in a variety of ways such as using storyboards, mindmaps, picture maps etc. The children are encouraged to draft a piece of writing and then proof-check it carefully looking for errors in spelling and punctuation. This will ensure that their final piece of writing is of the highest quality.
Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
Across the federation, children are encouraged to use ambitious vocabulary in their writing. They are taught key skills linked to sentence structure, tense, and punctuation. Speaking and Listening also plays an important role in our writing curriculum. At our federation, we value the importance of drama and conversation to raise standards in writing. Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' approach is embedded across our federation.
All children have discrete group reading with an adult daily during their phonics session. These sessions are a combination of hearing children read and developing their comprehension skills through discussion.