Our aim is to build a community of creative, confident writers and provide daily opportunities to write, equipping our children with the skills to become craftspeople in the writing world. Our children write across the curriculum as well as honing their writing craft in English lessons. They are clear on the purpose of their writing, whether this is to persuade, entertain, teach others, paint with words or reflect, to name a few. They are aware of their audience and are able to celebrate and share their work with others. Children across all year groups, take ownership over their writing and are able to choose what they’ll write about during class projects based on their own interests and passions, giving them a sense of volition and motivation to write. Through learning the creative process of writing, our children can express their thoughts and feelings and perceptions of the world on paper. The children discuss their writing and share their ideas with peers daily, building their own identity and style.
Our English teaching is split into, on average, 3-week blocks called class writing projects. During this block, the children have the time to go deep into a writing genre and succeed in writing their own version. Here is an example of a block’s structure:
Week 1 – Introduce the genre, its purpose and decide who they would like to write to. They will look at high quality examples of this genre and identify the key features and aspects of the writing craft they enjoy in the mentor texts. The children will generate their own ideas and create product goals that will be taught and referred to throughout the project.
Week 2 – The children will undertake a variety of mini lessons based on their products goals to help them to plan out their own writing and learn new skills within the context of the genre. This will involve grammar, punctuation and spelling as well as how to become creative and engaging writers.
By the end of Week 3 – children will learn how to proof-read, edit and revise their work based on the product goals. They will publish their work and celebrate their achievements. A few examples are to post their letters, share their stories with another year group or perform a poetry recital to their families. This allows the children to feel like real writers and develop their writer identity, giving the children an end goal to work towards throughout the project.
During the writing block, the children receive bespoke one-to-one feedback to help develop their own personal skills and help move their writing onto new levels through teacher-pupil conferencing. Support is for all children, everyone will be challenged and encouraged to become the best writer they can be.
On top of the one-hour English lesson each day, children are given opportunities to write across the curriculum to practise their skills for a variety of purposes. Explicit handwriting and spelling sessions are also taught to develop these skills further based on the children’s needs.
What our children learn about in Writing
Each year group follows either the Early Years Framework or National Curriculum objectives and use a range of high-quality texts to teach and practise these skills. We have mapped out grammar, punctuation and spelling skills as well as key writing genres across the school to ensure the children have a wide range of opportunities.
Early Years – Picture books on the following: Patterns, Alphabet, All the Things I Like, I Love...
Key Stage One – Picture books on the following: Information & Me, Memoir, Story Books, I Love You Book, Here’s Mine
Key Stage Two – Texts on the following: Historical, Information, Memoir, Narrative, Poetry, Persuasion & Opinion.
How we enhance our children's experience of Writing at Telferscot
Children are given personal writing journals in Key Stage Two where they are given the freedom to write about anything that interests them, using and practising the skills they have learnt throughout their time at Telferscot. Children can take these home and continue to write for pleasure in their spare time. We have seen some amazing independent poems, diary entries, short stories, comic strips all full of creative ideas.
Children in Early Years and Key Stage One take part in book making daily where they create their own books based on the skills taught and are given the opportunity to write about their own chosen topics in their free writing time. Many children then continue making books in continuous provision, their play time and at home.
Taking pleasure in writing for a range of purposes in and out of school is important to us. We strive to achieve this with opportunities such as:
- Regular competitions with a writing focus e.g., eco posters and themed poems
- Showcase and celebrate children’s achievements with our families through the weekly newsletter and events such as the Festival of Arts and Literature trail
Performances such as whole school poetry recitals and reading work to other year groups