In the Early Years, our pupils learn to write sentences dictated by the teacher from memory and commence crafting short narratives, initially composing sentences verbally. In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, our pupils have daily writing opportunities, either during English lessons or broader curriculum activities. They explore various genres, including letter writing, narratives, diary entries, and non-fiction reports. We employ the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) and The Literary Curriculum recommended texts, which expose our pupils to advanced vocabulary and illustrations that ignite creative ideas, fostering rich writing possibilities.
During writing lessons, children engage in verbal brainstorming to gather ideas, using collaborative writing, film, imagery, and whole-class discussions to solidify their comprehension. In the older year groups, our pupils are encouraged to revise and evaluate the effectiveness of their own and peers' writing, considering intonation and guiding the reader. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are integral components of literacy instruction, continually taught throughout the year. Our spelling program, Spelling Shed, also supports the acquisition of sophisticated vocabulary by instructing pupils on word morphology and etymology while offering opportunities to apply this learning through various engaging tasks and games.