The writing curriculum at Thoresby Primary School covers all aspects of the EYFS framework and the National Curriculum.
We see writing as a crucial element of English and as an essential foundation for success in all other subjects. It is essential that pupils gain the skill of language to be able to participate full as members of society.
Our aim is that our pupils will be able to;
- Write at length using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Write confidently across a range of genres.
Our writing curriculum focuses on;
Transcription – so that pupils become fluent in handwriting and spelling.
Composition – so that pupils are able to articulate their ideas and structure them in speech and writing.
We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style to suit the context and audience.
Children arrive at Thoresby at all stages in their education and from every area of the world. We have a clearly defined writing curriculum pathway that ensures they are swiftly assessed to establish their bespoke needs.
Pupils are taught writing through a carefully thought-out teaching sequence that is adapted for each key stage. We draw from the basic principles of Talk 4 Writing techniques, setting a context for writing that builds excitement and anticipation. Model texts are shared and explored with pupils, establishing the features of the genre, clear success criteria and writing techniques. Grammar and punctuation skills are taught discretely within the sequence before pupils plan and draft their own work. Precise and effective feedback enables pupils to extend their writing skills and offer ample opportunities to apply their new learning.
In EYFS, planned opportunities support the development of writing and pre-writing skill acquisition for example, speaking and listening activities, tasks that develop fine and gross motor skills and activities exploring media and materials. Pupils are exposed to basic marks of punctuation, as a pre-load for using it correctly by the end of key stage 1. Pupils learn to read and write high frequency words and words with phases 2, 3 and 4 graphemes so they can write and spell these by the end of the year.
In KS1, pupils develop their letter formation through learning the pre-cursive script, beginning to join letters in words in line with demonstrating readiness through handwriting sessions. Pupils are exposed to a range of genres and build stamina in writing, using the correct basic marks of punctuation. They write an increasing amount of sentences with their growing vocabulary. Spelling is taught through daily phonics lessons focusing on segmenting to spell, during the modelled writing lessons. Pupils build on their composition of several sentences to produce more sustained examples of writing in both fiction and non-fiction genres.
In KS2, pupils are required to write with a fluent and joined style of handwriting. Grammar is planned and taught progressively within the teaching of specific genres of writing. Spelling is taught discretely. In daily literacy lessons pupils are taught the requisite skills to write competently across a broader range of genres with purpose.