“All the skills of language are essential to participate fully as a member of society. Children need to speak, read and write fluently and confidently to unlock their full potential.” National Curriculum, 2014.
Our writing intent, rightly sits alongside our reading and wider curriculum intent.
At Greenway, we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing. We want pupils to have a solid understanding of grammar, acquire a wide vocabulary and to be able to spell new words by effectively applying the taught spelling patterns.
By the time our pupils leave us at the end of Year 6, it is essential that they can write clearly, accurately, coherently, and creatively, adapting their language and style for a range of meaningful contexts, purposes and audiences.
Before children can write down their ideas, they are always given the opportunity to verbalise what they want to say. Our spiral writing curriculum, which is based upon Rosenshine’s Principles of Direct Instruction, allows children to internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The learning, which is broken down into manageable chunks, moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using modelled, shared and guided teaching to develop the skills of planning, drafting, writing, editing and refining their written work over time. Teaching in this way will enable all children, including the lowest attainers, to communicate confidently in writing.
We believe that all children need to be equipped with the knowledge and experiences needed for society. In order to ensure this, all Greenway pupils are exposed to a rich diet of language including daily, purposeful exposure to Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary. Through the use of deliberately chosen, high quality model texts, we take every opportunity possible to enhance the cultural capital of our learners.
At Greenway, we want all of our pupils to be confident and proficient spellers. Children will be able to spell age-appropriate words accurately and identify reasons for mis-spellings, proof-read their spellings, recognise and use word origins, families and roots to build their skills and use dictionaries and thesauruses during the refining and editing process.
In order to succeed in primary school and beyond, it is essential that children can write confidently and legibly. Teacher taught handwriting instruction occurs daily, which reinforces reading and language processing skills.
PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR
At Greenway, we strongly believe that children must know how language is organised to make meaning so they have conscious control of what they are saying and writing. To enable this, grammar and punctuation skills are taught explicitly during writing lessons, which is further built upon as part of the whole class reading curriculum as well as during wider curriculum lessons.