Writing at Great Wishford C of E Primary School
No challenge too big, no child too small- for with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37)
At Great Wishford School, we know that the ability to articulate knowledge, thoughts and emotions is an essential skill children must acquire for their lives in education and beyond. We aim to teach each individual pupil to speak and write fluently and with confidence and creativity, so that they can communicate successfully with others. We aim to develop the use of accurate and well-chosen grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation within contextual writing, which is effective for both audience and purpose.
As a school, we have planned a robust, creative and engaging curriculum to deliver the EYFS Curriculum and National Curriculum writing objectives for KS1 and 2 as found in the English Programme of Study and supported through Appendix 1 for spelling and Appendix 2 for Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. These objectives have been spirally planned within units of writing showing clear progression, both within and across years, and carefully planned opportunities for revisits. Cross-curricular opportunities for writing have been interwoven within our curriculum, centred around authentic texts and high quality books, chosen for their relevance and cultural capital for the children at Great Wishford. Our writing units are broken into sentence, experience, planning, independent writing and editing sessions. Individual lessons support and extend learning through clear and progressively rich language acquisition alongside contextualised application of specific writing objectives.
To ensure accurate assessment, we regularly assess independent writing as a whole staff. Our MAT also meets to allow cross school moderation of writing. This rigorous and robust approach allows teachers to plan the next steps for individuals effectively, to promote progress and attainment for all.
The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills supporting more confident and creative writers who have increasing stamina for writing. We aim for Children at Great Wishford school to start the next stage of their learning with pride in their achievements, high aspirations for their next steps and perseverance in achieving their goals. As children write for a range of fiction and non-fiction purposes across the school, by the end of Key Stage Two children at Great Wishford can apply their writing knowledge to a variety of different genres, enabling their engagement with the reader to be developed at a greater depth. Because planning includes opportunities to apply their writing knowledge across the curriculum, children are more able to communicate their understanding with confidence and accuracy.