We want the children to be secure in their knowledge and understanding of the different genres of writing and be confident and fluent in their application of them. We want the children to learn that writing enables them to use their imagination and express themselves in different ways. We want them to develop a love of writing; to build on their starting points and have the necessary skills to move on successfully to the next stage of their education.
Through use of our curriculum progression document for writing we are able to ensure that children take part in lessons that are carefully sequenced in order to build on their knowledge and understanding of writing. Learning is regularly revisited through morning work, homework and in cross-curricular lessons to help children become secure with skills to become embedded in their memories. Spelling is a priority with children from Year 2 - Year 5 using ‘No-nonsense’ spelling programme and Year 6 using ‘Headstart’. Teachers use formal assessments, data analysis and daily, in-class observations to inform planning so that the sequence of lessons meet the needs of their class. This assessment also helps to identify children who may be struggling with their learning. These children benefit from differentiated learning, flexible grouping, and when necessary, intervention groups that target understanding of a specific skill. Teachers use modelling regularly to achieve different outcomes: to demonstrate a new skill or genre; to check understanding of specific features; to challenge thinking about a concept to reach a deeper level of understanding.