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Writing at Beedon

Intent

Whilst at our school, our writers will:

  • Demonstrate a passion for writing which has been developed from their love of reading and literature. Children who have enjoyed lots of stories and different text types will be able to draw on them in their own writing.
  • Be able to write fluently and effectively using their skills to adapt their style for a range of purposes and audience.
  • Be able to draw on rich vocabulary from their reading and through teaching across the curriculum and apply this accurately and creatively in their work.
  • Have excellent transcription skills and the knowledge necessary to be able to produce work that is correctly structured, spelt and punctuated and written in a fluent, neat style.

Implementation

Based on the National Curriculum, we teach writing across a range of non-fiction, fiction and poetry genres. Our long-term English plan ensures that all genres are mapped out across each year group. High quality texts, linked to our class topics, model the language, vocabulary, structure, punctuation and grammar that we expect our pupils to independently apply in their own speaking and writing. Our teachers carefully plan for progression using a range of resources and toolkits such as setting, tension and characterisation. Basic skills and nonnegotiables underpin writing in all areas of the curriculum. We link our writing context to our curriculum topics and find real reasons for children to write.  Recent examples include letters to propective parents and new children, to authors we are studying and to our parish council.

Following the Covid lockdowns, we are working hard to support our children to improve their spelling.  All teachers have received phonics training this year so that children of all ages are well supported to close gaps in learning. Spelling is introduced early during children's time in Reception where it is know "Fred Talk" - the part of the RWinc phonics program when children are taught to segment sounds.  This is built on in Key Stage 2 where spelling is taught discretely as well as being interwoven into the curriculum.  Our Key Stage 2 teachers use a range of spelling resources to tailor the approach to the needs of the chidlren in their class.  Children in Key Stage 2 have spellings to learn weekly and have access to the Spelling Shed - an online platform which enables them to practise spelling patterns through games.  This can be accessed in school or at home. 

Handwriting is taught across the school.  Children begin by learning to print using the RWInc letter rhymes.  As children move up through the school cursive handwriting is taught from year 2.  Since returning to school after the Covid lockdowns, handwriting has been a focus across the school.

Impact

Writing assessment is ongoing and forms part of every writing lesson and across the curriculum to help teachers with their planning, lesson activities, targeted pupil support and enable appropriate challenge to all children. Pupils are given feedback and next steps to respond to in order to personalise learning and provide the children with opportunities to edit and improve their own writing.  Staff work together to assess the impact of our teaching through regular book looks which focus on application of skills and knowledge, cross curricular links being made, children taking pride in their work following school handwriting and presentation guidelines, correct use of vocabulary and appropriate adaptation of lesson materials to meet children's needs.

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