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at Didsbury CE Primary School

Intent – why we teach what we teach

At DCE, we want to instil a love of writing in the children we teach so they are motivated and enthused to write for a range of purposes and audiences. We provide a writing curriculum that provides children with the opportunity to develop their writing stamina and express their ideas. They will be equipped to:

  • write cohesively and coherently
  • express their ideas creatively
  • use appropriate and ambitious vocabulary
  • understand how to use and apply a range of grammatical structures
  • accurately use age-appropriate punctuation
  • use spelling strategies
  • use consistent letter formation with appropriate sizing that leads to high quality presentation.

We believe it is important that pupils can communicate their ideas clearly in their writing but also orally. They will often participate in group activities (including role play and other drama activities) to share ideas and they are also encouraged to read their work aloud.

As part of the writing process, children are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their work. We place emphasis on reading and checking work carefully for errors (age-appropriate). We want pupils to be able to recognise spelling and punctuation errors and edit these where appropriate. If children are able to do this, they are developing their independence and confidence with writing.

Implementation – how we teach what we teach

In EYFS, writing is taught as part of the topic through shared and guided sessions and then children apply these skills in the workshop areas both indoors and outdoors.

In Years 1-6 writing is taught daily. Three pieces of writing are taught half-termly covering a range of purposes and audiences. To ensure that pupils are equipped with the grammatical skills to create these pieces of writing, each week there is a Grammar and Punctuation lesson which focuses on an objective linked to the genre of writing. As a school, we follow the Letterjoin handwriting scheme.

Furthermore, EYFS and KS1 follow the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics and KS1 have weekly spelling tests based on this. In KS2, there is a weekly spelling session in which a specific spelling pattern is taught, practice and applied.  For pupils who have a particular difficulty with writing, interventions and narrowing the gap work is carried out to ensure that they are supported.

In addition to the writing lessons, children are encouraged to apply the skills and understanding to their writing in other subjects too. This enables children to utilise the knowledge which other subjects offer whilst still applying their writing skills.

Impact – how we measure what we teach

The impact of this writing curriculum is that children will be confident, fluent writers who enjoy expressing their ideas. Consequently, this will enable them to write for a range of purposes and audiences in their future lives. Every half term, class teachers assess each child against the year group’s writing objectives. An individual piece of writing is also assessed every half term and children are given feedback detailing strengths and an area for improvement. In addition to this, pupils will complete termly assessments for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

The final teacher’s assessment of writing is reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at Didsbury CE Primary.

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