Children write every day in school, whether it be as part of an English lesson or cross-curricular writing.
Children are given creative writing opportunities which may follow a set text as its source of inspiration or linked into a cross-curricular theme. Each year group begins a theme with a ‘Wow’ experience, whether that be within school or a trip. They also use a variety of text types in other subject areas including Religious Education, Science, History, Geography and ICT. Children are taught how to edit to correct and improve, and are expected to use editing skills to improve their writing technique.
Children are also taught grammar and punctuation discretely on a weekly basis, following the national curriculum at both their year group curriculum expectations and that which is applicable to their own level of writing development. They are expected to use the skills taught within their independent writing.
We have a ‘Starwriter’ system in school, whereby a child from a Year Group is chosen as a starwriter either because they have produced a fantastic piece of writing or because they have excelled in a piece of writing in regards to their own level of writing development. The pieces of writing chosen are displayed in the front entrance and they receive a certificate in assembly.
‘Starwriters’ are chosen every second week.
We now actively engage in termly writing competitions to give our children a purpose for their writing.