At Prospect Hill Infant and Nursery School, we teach writing by meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. We aim to deliver a high-quality education which teaches pupils to write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas to others. We want them to write clearly, accurately and clearly, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
We aim that:
Children have the ability to write with fluency and each has an author’s voice.
Children are writing for a purpose and their writing is engaging; they think about the impact they want their writing to have on the reader and know how they will achieve this.
Children develop writing from high quality text models and worked examples.
Children develop proficiency in writing in a range of genres, have a sophisticated bank of vocabulary, and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
Opportunities for writing purposefully are developed through other areas of the curriculum and beyond the school.
Children develop writing stamina.
Children are motivated to re-read, edit and improve their writing so every piece of writing they produce is to the best of their ability and better than the last.
Children display excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented, punctuated and spelt correctly.
We aim to deliver quality first teaching that follows a carefully planned sequence of lessons through exposure to high quality texts. We teach English lessons every day for all pupils. The curriculum is designed to ensure coverage and develop skills progressively. Writing is evident in every aspect of our curriculum and varying text types are taught throughout the school for a variety of audiences. The objectives of The National Curriculum are followed to ensure that the skills learnt in spelling, punctuation and grammar are embedded and transferred into writing. Lessons are planned so that skills are taught, developed and revisited in a sequential way which promotes learning and retention of knowledge and skills.
The progression of skills document for writing show how knowledge and skills are built up over time. We provide the children with opportunities to explore precise and enriched vocabulary to use within the context of the lesson and to connect to wider subject areas. Writing is taught in each year group progressively through a wide variety of genres. Teachers plan for the needs of differing groups of children including those with SEN, EAL and the more able. Teachers use “The Write Stuff” by Jane Considine and “Talk for Writing” Pie Corbett to aid planning.
We want children to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process. Teaching is designed to take account of our progression documents to ensure age appropriate content. Where appropriate, links are also made to ensurethat children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is enhanced through writing.
- We ensure that children develop a love of writing and the skills needed to be an effective writer.
- Teachers ensure that short and long writing opportunities are regularly provided in a range of curriculum subjects.
Modelled, shared, guided and independent writing are frequently used by teachers.
Children are provided with clear expectations and outcomes when writing.
Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Phonics are taught explicitly and applied to their text.
High-quality texts are used as models for children’s own writing
Teachers use a four-stage model when teaching writing:
At Prospect Hill Infant and Nursery School, children will make good progress from their own
personal starting points.
By the end of Year 2 they will
- Have a love for writing and write for enjoyment
- Be able to produce written work in all areas of the curriculum to a high standard
- Be confident to write for a range of different purposes
- Acquire a wide vocabulary