Writing at All Saints
(Writing, spelling, handwriting)
Writing Manager – Mrs K Ginns
Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the core skills within Literacy that we aim to develop within our school. The National Curriculum documents below contain details about what children in each year group must be taught in these areas. The school policy documents contain details of how our school teaches them.
We like to make writing fun, purposeful, relevant and challenging and get the children doing, talking, thinking, trying and editing.
We know how important writing is and that it provides the foundations for every other subject, once children master writing it makes each piece of work much easier for them across all subjects.
We also recognise and foster the relationship between reading and writing – the children who are avid readers tend to be those who cope well with story writing, reading great books is a natural way for children to become fantastic writiers.
An overview of how Writing is taught within the school:
- In EYFS the children are grouped according to the RWI assessment framework. They have a RWI session every morning and a RWI sounds blast lesson every afternoon. The children are encouraged to mark-make and apply their phonic knowledge through emergent and Independent writing opportunities within the continuous provision and exciting provocations provided by their teachers during play to learn sessions.
- In KS1, the children are split up into ability groups and they have phonics lessons 5 times a week. These phonics lessons include teaching on handwriting, grammar, punctuation and spelling. They have a writing carousel in the mixed year 1 and 2 classes which is where the children work through a sequence of writing based activities differentiated to their level. KS1 also undertake an extended writing process once or twice each term.
- In KS2, the children are taught in classes for all literacy lessons. They have a handwriting, a grammar, a punctuation and a spelling lesson once a week. They have at least one theme based writing lesson each week and one discrete lesson for writing and undertake an extended writing process once or twice each term.
Development plans for Literacy
The continued development of writing is of high importance on the school improvement plan. Some of the new initiatives taking place this year include:
• Further development of cursive handwriting from EYFS
• Continued revision of the extended writing process
• Further development of the way we teach Literacy
• Continuation of greater challenge within writing, including our vocabulary Ninjas
• Continued development of our assessment and moderation of writing across the school
• Ensuring we provide more opportunities which engage boys in writing
• Providing a range of training sessions in writing for all teaching and support staff
How challenge is provided in Writing, spelling and handwriting
Every writing, spelling and handwriting lesson taught within school will contain a challenge for the children to complete when they have finished their main learning. We encourage children to try these and for some children we have made it clear these challenges are an expectation every lesson. Every piece of writing homework will contain a set challenge. We ask parents to encourage their child to complete it. All holiday homework will contain a writing, spelling or handwriting challenge on a ‘pick and mix’ sheet for the children to choose from. Curriculum challenges (completed as extra work during term time), based on cross curricular theme work, are designed to be open to interpretation and therefore can take the form of written work within many different genres. We want to allow every child to reach their potential by providing them opportunities to master their skills and apply them in a range of contexts.
What parents can do to help with their child’s writing at home
• Practise your child’s spellings with them every night when they come home from school.
• Look at the writing homework they have been given for the weekend and supervise them whilst they complete it. Check that it has been completed to the best of their ability and offer support if they struggle or suggest they come and speak to their teacher if they need further support.
• Look at the school’s handwriting cursive script with your child. Get them to practise applying it when writing at home.
• Discuss new and adventurous words with your child, even if they can’t spell them accurately, they are still encouraged to use them in their writing and can win challenges through this.
• Read through information sent home by school on theme overviews and spelling overviews for the term to help you know what your child is learning.
• At All Saints we have some super writers and children produce some excellent work.
• Is your work in here? If not what can you magpie to get your work in here next time?
Us in action:
• We don’t just write, we do lots of other fun things to help us develop our writing skills. Here are some photos of our curious and creative wild writers in action!
There are some links below with ideas of games and ideas to help you support your child. The most important thing is to get them enjoying writing, being confident and writing for a purpose. If you need any further support please let your child’s class teacher or me know.
Useful websites where children can practise Literacy skills in a fun way