Writing is fundamental and integral to our curriculum at St Teath C.P. School. Much of our writing is initiated from the themes taught within each class. In this way, children can embed their learning and understanding of themes taught, and draw upon their increasing knowledge to inform their own written work.
We have recently adopted Pathways to Write which is a proven methodology built around units of work which develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach. The units provide clear detailed lesson plans and resources, linked to high-quality texts to ensure engaging and purposeful English lessons. Within each unit, there are new age-related skills for children to work on and master through a variety of activities and writing opportunities. By limiting the number of skills the units contain, children can really hone their writing techniques.
It is our intent that St Teath children:
- develop the ability to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through the written word.
- compose, edit and improve their own writing.
- confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
- write in a style which is fluent and legible.
- write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
- acquire a wide vocabulary and have a strong command of the written word.
- develop a love of writing and be well equipped for the rest of their education.
We recognise that reading is fundamental to the writing process, and that children write successfully when they have a full understanding of the features of specific genres. Throughout the school, we choose quality texts to support our curriculum and these texts are used as a stimulus for writing. We teach and model continually so that children can write clearly and accurately, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts. We use the VCOP targets to develop writing skills, covering vocabulary, conjunctions, openers and punctuation.
We place a strong emphasis on presentation and handwriting, teaching letter formation from EYFS and aiming for all children to write in a cursive style by the end of Key Stage 1. In Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions, the children learn key objectives and skills and are then provided with further opportunities during their wider curriculum to embed their new learning. Weekly spellings are progressive throughout the school and focus on the spelling strategies that are required for each year group. A look, cover, write, check approach is used and actively promoted.