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 English curriculum is derived around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts. We use each book to create opportunities to develop reading fluency and comprehension with a focus on key reading strategies and skills; develop grammar and punctuation knowledge and understanding to use and apply across the wider curriculum; explore the writing structure and features of different genres, identify the purpose and audience; plan and write an initial piece of writing with a clear context and purpose before evaluating the effectiveness of writing by editing and redrafting.
Book-Led Curriculum Approach to Writing
At St. Stephen's, we believe that writing is strengthened by instilling a love for reading within our pupils. We value the importance of reading to supplement writing, providing a purpose and a context to writing - often through out Foundation Curriculum.
We believe that pupils who are provided a reason for writing demonstrate flair and effective writing composition, leading to high quality outcomes. Every half term, the English curriculum is taught by studying a high quality text where writing opportunities are derived from this.
Please see below for the writing sequence which all of our teachers use to plan:
Across school, from entering into EYFS to leaving in Year 6, children will consistently show an improvement in their writing within each writing sequence. A build up of quality teaching and learning will be identifiable in each writing sequence.
Writing sequence examples from across school to be added soon!