Our writing curriculum is designed with 4 key goals in mind.
- To provide high quality texts and genres, as well as a wide range of experiences, for children to enjoy and explore for inspiration to apply to their own writing
- To equip children with the grammatical knowledge and understanding of the process of writing to enable them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- To develop children’s ideas and imagination to enable them to use a broad range of vocabulary to express their ideas
- To ensure children have a sufficient level of writing ability to be successful with their future aspirations and goals
Writing is taught daily across key stage 1 and 2. EYFS provide a wide range of multi-sensory approaches to encourage mark making later leading onto letter formation (see below for more information). Children are given opportunities to write for a range of purposes across all subject areas. The support with our teaching of writing, we follow Power of Reading which is a teaching approach that explores high quality texts in depth, enhances reading comprehension and provides meaningful contexts and purposes for writing. Grammar, punctuation and spelling is taught through the Power of Reading but is also taught discretely where needed. Throughout the year we also promote writing through competitions and events.
In the Early Years, English is taught through a mixture of adult-led inputs and child-initiated play. It includes talking about books, print in the environment, early mark making and writing, as well as sharing books and singing songs and rhymes.
The children in the Early Years follow the Power of Reading.
- In Nursery the focus is predominantly on the children’s communication and language development. The children have discussions about the text and illustrations, predict what the story may be about, describe the setting and characters and explore new vocabulary
- In Reception the books are used to open up a range of learning opportunities. The children retell and re-enact the story in a variety of ways, engage in discussions about the text and ask questions, develop an understanding of story structure, explore new vocabulary and learn to write for meaning and purpose in narrative and non-narrative forms.