Purpose of Study
At Lander Road Primary School, growing independence and individuality is essential in all areas of the curriculum and is a vital tool for learning. The teaching of writing includes specific knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding composition and transcription. Different genres of fiction writing and different text forms of non-fiction are introduced, modelled developed within literacy lessons and also in other areas of the curriculum. The skills of phonics and the rules of spelling and grammar are taught through synthetic phonics session and discreetly during literacy sessions.
To encourage a love of writing and to enable pupils to find their own style and voice
To offer and model a wide range of written forms which pupils can use in their own writing
To respect and encourage emergent writing; to support initial efforts and to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the writing system and its conventions
To enable pupils to encounter a variety of audiences for their writing encouraging them to select and use forms that are appropriate to the situation and context
To give opportunities for pupils to write collaboratively with their peers, teachers and other adults
To give children the opportunity to appreciate that their teacher is an active writer with whom they can share their writing experiences
To encourage pupils to see their own writing as worthy pieces of reading materials for themselves and others
To make pupils aware of the different forms of writing, offering them a vocabulary that will enable them to present a critical appreciation of texts they encounter
To give pupils the opportunity to draft and redraft their writing and when appropriate to discuss these processes with their peers and other adults
To help consider the reader of their work by developing their competence in spelling, punctuation and grammar
To provide children with the strategies to aid correct spelling and grammar
To teach pupils to use writing as a means of developing , organising and communicating ideas
National Curriculum for Writing
The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are constructed similarly to those for reading:
It is essential that teaching develops pupils’ competence in these 2 dimensions. In addition, pupils should be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. These aspects of writing have been incorporated into the programmes of study for composition.
Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words. Effective composition involves articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.
Let's Get Writing!
At our school, we strongly believe that giving our children a vast and varied range of experiences to write about about is key to the writing process. We are extremely proud of the wide ranging enrichment programme, which takes place both in school and out, that we provide. Take a look at some of the exciting trips, visits and learning opportunities that our pupils access which have ignited their imaginations and inspired them to write.