Writing

Each term children study at least 2 genres, 1 fiction and 1 non fiction.
  •  Grammar elements and genres are plotted across the year to ensure coverage and depth across the year groups.
  • Age appropriate class texts are chosen to support the genre being studied as well as to engage the children in the particular unit.
  • Children have writing targets for each genre and use steps to success within each unit to support them in reaching their personal objectives.
Our Approach to writing is heavily based on ‘The Write Stuff’ by Jane Considine.

In Key Stage 1, children use ‘sentence stacking’ as a basis for their extended writing. This approach to writing allows the children to really focus on the impact of their vocabulary, sentence structure and punctuation choices. By breaking a piece of writing down in to small sections, the Key Stage 1 children gain an in-depth understanding of word class and the technical side of writing whilst also giving value to the importance of the composition of their work.

In Key Stage 2, children progress from daily ‘sentence stacking’ to writing ‘sections’ of work in an extended writing lesson. An example of a ‘section’ could be a build up in a narrative or a conclusion to an argument text. By focussing on a particular ‘section’ of work, children get a strong appreciation of the tone and style of that particular genre whilst also heavily focussing on the inclusion of age appropriate SPaG elements- without jeprodisring the composition of the piece. Prior to an extended piece of writing, children are taught the skills required to be successful in that piece within the context of the genre they are writing. We believe in giving children all the tools required to boost their confidence and be successful writers.
 
 
Pobble Power
Every fortnight children complete Pobblete a ‘Pobble’; this is an independent piece of writing which is based on an engaging and thought provoking image. This piece of writing allows children to show off their creative flare as well as giving them the opportunity to apply all of the technical skills that they have been working on. Pobbles vary from being based on the class’ current writing genre to simply being chose to match the interests of the children in the class- after all, we want to make writing fun!

As Pobbles are independent, they are used by teachers to assess the children’s strengths and weaknesses which will then form the basis of a child’s writing targets and the focus of subsequent teaching.