Writing, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Handwriting
Writing, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling 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 have been interwoven within our writing curriculum, centered around authentic texts and high quality books, chosen for their relevance and cultural capital for the children at Great Wishford. Our writing units (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) are broken into sentence level, experience opportunities, planning sessions and independent drafting writing and editing sessions. Individual lessons support and extend learning through clear and progressively rich language acquisition alongside contextualised application of specific writing objectives. Grammar and Punctuation is interwoven within the writing curriculum, with opportunities for revisiting and applying in context. Where necessary, Grammar and Punctuation lessons are taught explicitly. Spelling is taught through a combination of slow investigations to develop phonological spelling and editing, and fast paced activities to develop spelling accuracy under pressure. 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. In KS1, children are taught to print their writing in phonics and writing lessons until the Teacher feels they have the fine and gross motor skills necessary to begin pre-cursive writing. Children are then taught letter formation, handwriting skills and relevant joins to write cursively.
The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferable 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. By the end of Key Stage Two, children at Great Wishford will apply their writing knowledge to a variety of different genres, enabling their engagement with the reader to be developed at a greater depth.