Writing At Oxspring Primary
A key school improvement focus for us is on further developing and extending our progress and attainment in writing throughout the whole school, which will build on the developments that we started in 2018.
‘Reading is the creative centre of a writer’s life. I take a book with me everywhere I go, and find that there are all sorts of opportunities to dip in.’ – Steven King
Our vision at Oxspring is one of achieving pleasure and confidence, as well as quality in writing. We want to strike a good balance between standards and enjoyment, between writing as a set of principles / rules and writing as a life skill. We believe that writing has a genuine purpose and is not simply a mechanical process. As there are many more facets to writing than there are to reading, this can feel more of a challenge for children (as well as for teachers). It is a complex process that draws upon many skills including spelling, handwriting, composition, vocabulary and grammar. Through a consistent approach, we hope all children will have the confidence to use writing as an effective form of communication.
Our key aim is therefore to enhance our approach to the teaching and learning of writing, so as to encourage the children to develop a love of writing, along with the necessary skills needed for being confident and independent writers.
At Oxspring Primary we aim to:
- ensure a progression of writing skills across school
- teach children the fundamental blocks of writing
- develop children’s creative minds and expand their vocabulary
- develop in children a love of writing, and knowledge of genres and authors
- provide opportunities to write for pleasure and a variety of purposes, providing meaningful experiences using the contexts inspired by quality texts
- develop children’s independent writing skills, and to achieve a high standard of independent writing
Writing is taught in specific, meaningful and effective contexts that include, but not limited to:
- the study of high quality texts, appropriate for age and linked to topic
- modelled writing
- shared writing and guided writing
- independent writing
- reflecting and editing
Writing is taught daily, as well as through other curriculum areas.
To support all children in the acquisition of skills, and to ensure high quality writing, as a school we will:
- promote speaking and listening
- provide engaging and frequent opportunities to write across the curriculum
- provide regular modelling of the writing process (including planning, revising and evaluating)
- provide children with opportunities to share their writing (in groups, in class and across school)
- use continuous assessment to provide clear next steps for learning
- create a print-rich environment in all classrooms and school environment
- reward and celebrate achievement and effort in writing
- provide opportunities for digital literacy
- develop spelling skills using a phonics based approach
- promote a consistent style of handwriting (Martin Harvey) across school
- embed the skills and use of punctuation and grammar according to year group
Immersion within a genre of writing, be it fiction or non-fiction, is at the centre of our approach to teaching writing. We endeavour to provide diverse and quality experiences of texts to give children the appropriate tools to produce their own quality writing. Through our teaching, we try to ensure that children have ample opportunities to write creatively and for pleasure, whilst building on the technical features of writing composition, grammar, spelling and handwriting through discrete instruction and dedicated lessons. We also strive to include cross-curricular writing wherever possible. All this goes towards building well-rounded writers, who can write in an appropriate and engaging manner for a range of purposes and audiences.
At Oxspring Primary School we celebrate good progress and attainment in writing by choosing an ‘Author of the Week’ (AOW) from each class. AOWs are recognised in our Excellent Learning assembly each Friday and these are shared on our weekly newsletter.
Writing in the National Curriculum in England
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In Reception, children will start to learn how to form letters correctly. They will be encouraged to use their knowledge of phonics to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. By the end of the year, they will be expected to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
In Year 1, children will be taught to write sentences by saying out loud what they are going to write about, put several sentences together and re-read their writing to check it makes sense. They will also be expected to discuss what they have written and to read it aloud.
In Year 2, children learn to write for a range of purposes, including stories, information texts and poetry. Children are encouraged to plan what they are going to write and to read through their writing to make corrections and improvements.
Key stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)
In Years 3 and 4, children are encouraged to draft and write by talking about their writing. They will continue to learn how to organise paragraphs and, if they are writing non-fiction, to use headings. When they are writing stories, they will learn to use settings, characters and plots. Children in Years 3 and 4 will be expected to use what they know about grammar in their writing and to read through what they have written, to find ways to improve it.
In Years 5 and 6, children will continue to develop their skills in planning, drafting and reviewing what they have written. Children learn to identify the audience for and purpose of their writing. They will be expected to use grammar appropriately. In non-fiction writing, children will use headings, bullet points and other ways to organise their writing. They will be expected to describe settings, characters and to use dialogue in their stories.
Please see the links on this page to find out more information about our writing policy and practice, as well as useful links and information for parents / carers.
We hope that you enjoy sharing the examples of our pupils’ writing too.