Our approach to writing here at Saint Stephen’s is constructed similarly to that of reading: transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
In our study of Writing at St Stephen’s, we intend that our children will:
- Develops their competence in the two dimensions of transcription and composition
- Understand how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.
- Develop effective transcription: that is, children spell quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words.
- Understand effective composition through forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader.
- Understand comprehension requires clarity, develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and also develop an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
- Understand that writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting, and develop this throughout their time with us.
IMPLEMENTATION - HOW DO WE TEACH WRITING?
OUR WRITING SEQUENCE
Our writing sequence is based first and foremost around good quality books. Each unit begins with the Class Teacher selecting a text which is either linked to their Topic or/and provides excellent comprehension and writing opportunities. Please see below for the writing sequence which all of our teachers use to plan.