We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge base in writing, following a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. Our writing curriculum has been carefully sequenced so that each child experiences a wide variety of genre and is systematically taught a range of sentence level skills.
We engage children in the writing process through exciting stimuli and engaging writing units to draw out their skills and flair for 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 for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident writers who take pleasure in the writing process.
In EYFS and KS1, the focus within handwriting sessions is writing position, correct grip, and accurate letter formation. These skills are taught alongside Read, Write Inc. (RWI) sessions and are linked to phonics learning.
As children move off the RWI programme, they move towards joining letters and developing their own fully cursive script to ensure they meet the ‘expected standard’ by the end of Year 6.
Pupils’ ability to improve their own writing is enabled through our innovative approach to marking and feedback. Our teachers use ‘Feed>>Forward’ sessions to provide ‘in the moment’, pertinent verbal feedback, addressing misconceptions and celebrating learning. As a result, pupils feel empowered and proud of their work with a clear understanding of how to be successful.