English Writing & Grammar
Our aim is for all our children to be independent, resilient and confident writers who enjoy the writing process. Our lessons are carefully developed around challenging, quality texts (custom-written if necessary). Vocabulary is developed through the whole curriculum and pupils are encouraged and shown how to effectively use interesting and adventurous language in their writing.
We begin with opportunities for immersion at the beginning of a new genre. This involves story mapping, drama-based activities and shared writing as a class. Once the children have a good understanding of the taught genre and have had enough time to engage with varied examples and a model text, we then move on to the innovation stage where the children begin to plan and compose their own examples. The final phase is the invention stage. This is where the children independently write and redraft their piece. Throughout all writing sessions, appropriate grammar objectives are embedded and analysed. Also see teaching sequence below.
Assessment in writing is ongoing throughout every lesson. This allows teachers to adapt their planning in order to target pupils for support, as well as ensure that all children are challenged appropriately. Children are given regular opportunities to edit and improve their own writing. Independent writing is moderated regularly as a staff.
TALKING AND ORACY
Children are encouraged to work with children of similar and different levels. This allows them to take a full part in all lessons. They work in pairs so that they:
- answer every question
- practise every activity with their partner
- take turns in reading texts which are challenging and thought provoking
- have the chance to develop skills with different pupils to develop communication skills