At St Peter at Gowts CE Primary School, we want all children to leave KS2 as confident and willing writers, who are inspired by their own reading, equipped with the ability to control their writing consciously and effectively and able to use Standard English (grammar and punctuation). As with reading, children are given the opportunity to engage with a wide variety high quality texts and real purposes for writing to magpie ideas and embed their writing skills.
At the heart of our teaching of writing is the Pie Corbett ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Talk for Writing enables children to ‘say it before they can write it’. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style. The use of high quality texts and visual literacy (images and films) are a key resource to facilitate the teaching of writing. We recognise the importance of developing a rich and extensive bank of vocabulary – Talk for Writing supports children in developing the use of new and difficult vocabulary through pre-teaching and magpie-ing. The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within English and across the curriculum. The audience and purpose of writing are intrinsic to teaching and learning at St Peter at Gowts.
We use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc. is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, all children in Reception and KS1 have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. In Years 2 to 6, daily spelling sessions on weekly rules/spelling patterns using the Spelling Shed scheme of work. Sessions are fun and interactive with games and strategies to help remember and apply spelling rules. Years 2 and 6 are currently working with L.E.A.D Equate Teaching School Alliance on a new pilot project called ‘Active Spelling’. This approach follows a systematic and research driven structure for the teaching and learning of spellings.
Grammatical knowledge and skills underpin all learning in writing. Grammar objectives are taught through discrete sessions and throughout the writing process, where children are given multiple opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills through composition and reflect on the impact of different word classes and structures.
Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent and confident word readers and spellers by the end of KS1.
As a Year 6 writer transitioning into secondary school, we aspire that children are confident and willing writers. Our consistently high expectations ensure that, through challenge and support, children will be able to write at a good level of Standard English (grammar and punctuation) and for a variety of audiences and purposes.