At Higher Lane Primary School, we believe that writing is a key skill for life both inside and out of education and that is why it features across all the subjects taught across our school. Our aim is to provide children with key transferrable writing skills to build on year on year, that can be used throughout each phase of their education and prepare them for secondary school and beyond. We also intend to create writers who can re-read, edit and improve their own writing, and enable pupils to be able to confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
In order to help us to develop confident, enthusiastic writers who can express themselves in a variety of different styles and across a variety of contexts, our teaching of writing is cross-curricular and linked to our class topics. This provides our children with regular opportunities to write for a range of purposes and audiences. Writing tasks are specific and meaningful, and meet a purpose to engage children and to illustrate how their writing skills can be applied to real life contexts. We use wow moments, trips and visitors who will stimulate and focus creative writing experiences.
Across KS1 and KS2, we are trialling the use of Jane Considine’s ‘The Write Stuff’ scheme and we are using this to plan our lessons linked to our own high-quality, cross-curricular texts. This approach brings clarity to. the mechanics of the teaching of writing. It follows a method called ‘sentence stacking’. Sentence stacking refers to the fact that sentences are grouped together chronologically or organisationally to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can apply immediately to their writing. We want all children to excel at writing, however some children are naturally gifted writers, therefore we plan for them to develop their writing through ‘deepening the moment’. This requires deep immersion from the writer, they provide further detail about the plot point. They do not plot push. They do not move on. They simply tell us more. Teachers encourage children to use the lenses in the Writing Rainbow to tell the reader more about that moment.
Pupils will make good progress from their own personal starting points and become competent, confident and creative writer’s. Our children will develop competency in transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing), as well as being able to effectively edit and improve their writing, at national expectation and at greater depth. They will be able to write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our pupils will acquire a wide vocabulary and have a strong command of the written word. Most importantly, they will develop a love of writing and be well equipped for the rest of their education.