The school follows a No Nonsense approach to the teaching of writing (grammar and spelling), by providing pupils from Years 1 to 6 with a stronger toolkit from which to achieve the Expected and Greater Depth Standards. The use of tool symbols to represent a variety of grammar and punctuation will act as vital reminders to enable pupils to grasp a better understanding of the key features necessary to complete a more accomplished piece of writing. There are six key themes, such as Sentence Construction, Verbs, Nouns and Noun Phrases, Punctuation, Cohesion and Adverbials.
Each day there will be a discreet spelling session in class and taught themes will be based upon quality texts, allowing pupils the opportunities to "mine" and analyse for examples of the key themes. As a school, we feel that strong writers start from being strong and avid readers.
Along with interesting and well-chosen class novels, guided reading sessions at least three times a week will enable pupils to experience different themes from established authors. There will be grammar and word level tasks stemming from these; followed by shared, modelled writing; culminating in the pupils undertaking an independent writing exercise utilising the taught techniques.
Our Writing curriculum is organised around larger blocks (one per half term) focussing on the purpose for writing and what different 'genres' or 'text types' have in common. The four writing purposes we will be using are:
Writing to Entertain
Writing to Inform
Writing to Persuade
Writing to Discuss
KS1 only focus on the purposes of writing to Entertain and Inform. LKS2 look at writing to Entertain, Inform and Persuade, whilst UKS2 look at all four purposes.