The aim of our writing curriculum is to enable the children to become confident and enthusiastic writers who understand the characteristics of wide range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction. We teach the children to:
- Write with confidence, fluency and with an understanding of genres.
- Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to spell accurately.
- Have fluent and legible handwriting.
- Have an interest in words and their meanings and a growing vocabulary.
- Know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction and poetry, and understand and be familiar with some of the ways in which narratives are structured through basic literary ideas of setting, character and plot;
- Understand, use and be able to write a range of non-fiction texts.
- Plan, draft, revise and edit their writing.
- Have suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their writing.
- Through reading and writing, develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
How we teach writing:
1. Daily literacy lesson: this includes speaking and listening, reading, grammar and learning new writing skills.
2. Guided writing: groups of children writing at the same level with an adult who helps them with the next steps in their learning.
3.Writing across the curriculum: the children produce a piece of writing in other subjects.
- Religious Education
The children learn to write for lots of different purpose:
- Discussion texts
- Non-chronological reports
- Different types of stories
Each class has a working wall which helps the children progress in their learning.
Writing is celebrated throughout the school and each week one child from every class is awarded Writer of the Week.
Speaking and listening
Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills by being given constant opportunities to:
- Listen to and make sense of what they hear.
- Listening to, reading and telling stories.
- Responding to teacher questions in single words, phrases or sentences.
- Follow verbal instructions.
- Understand what good listening is and how to respond during discussions, conversations and when information is given or asked for.
- Communicate their needs through an appropriate method.
- Taking part in role play and drama activities both improvised and using scripts.
- Use communication, including talk, to develop and express their ideas.
- Develop the skills of turn taking and working collaboratively with others.
- Taking part in performances to a range of audiences.
- Giving a prepared presentation to the class or whole school.
- Recognise the national differences in spoken English and the need for Standard English.
Teachers use a variety of strategies to support and engage children in their development of skills in speaking and listening including whole class, group and paired activities and drama.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children are taught Literacy through play and teacher led learning. Every day the children have a phonics session where they learn new skills such as letters of the alphabet, rhyming words, blending letters together to make words and segmenting words (chopping them up) to spell. They then use these skills to read and write words and sentences and practice them in different areas of the classroom.