Vision for Writing

‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13) 

At the heart of our teaching of writing is the importance of achievement for the life opportunities of our children.  Our shared understanding and passion for this, along with our school motto  

‘With fun and learning, hand in hand, all things are possible.’ 

help us, with the best intent, to choose how we teach writing, and provide a consistent richness of experience across the school. We strive to teach writing in a way that reflects our shared purpose and Christian ethos, as well as encompassing our school values of Respect, Creation, Fellowship, Wisdom and Hope. 

Writing is an integral part of the curriculum and cross-curricular links are made wherever possible. We want children to develop a love of writing and become independent and confident learners.  

We seek to: 

  • deliver the aims and content of the National Curriculum: to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of spoken and written language with clear progression in writing skills. 

  • plan and structure lessons to be inclusive so that all children can acquire and apply core skills 

  • teach children a range of skills and techniques to enable them to confidently write in a range of genres and for a wide variety of purposes and audiences 

  • help children to develop and use a rich and broad vocabulary 

  • model high quality writing and to provide a range of inspiring texts, materials and opportunities to support and challenge  

  • promote and teach high standards of handwriting and spelling 

  • give children an understanding of how, where and why writing is used in the wider world 

  • create a positive atmosphere of ‘I can do it’ in the classroom 

  • create a classroom where children have opportunities to talk animatedly about writing, using specific, appropriate and grammatical vocabulary with accuracy 

  • motivate and involve children in their learning by sharing progress, and, if appropriate, making them aware of their targets 

  • teach children to edit and up level their writing independently and effectively  

  • regularly assess and moderate independent pieces of writing across classes and year groups to identify gaps, inform planning and monitor progress 

  • plan and provide regular and varied cross-curricular writing opportunities. Our writing curriculum is intrinsically linked to all other areas of learning. Our termly or half termly topics and CHAIN curriculum support children to link their learning and use writing skills in variety of contexts  

  • provide resources and displays in classrooms that support the children’s learning, and which they can use confidently and independently  

  • keep up to date as teachers and share good practice