St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy


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.



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.