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Easington Colliery

English

Writing

Our aim is to develop children’s love and enthusiasm for writing across the curriculum, whilst providing them with the necessary skills to do so.

We aim for all children to be able to:

• become independent and confident writers
• see writing as a purposeful activity
• understand the importance of audience and purpose and write in a variety of genres
• develop strategies to communicate effectively through the written word and understand the importance of writing as a means of communication
• use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately and with confidence
• recognise that drafting and editing are essential parts of the writing process
• develop powers of imagination and inventiveness through writing

Long term plans are implemented, to ensure high quality teaching and to provide a coverage of skills across the school. Writing is planned towards a journey of work, which is creative, imaginative and engages the interests of our pupils across the school. We focus on the use of high-quality texts, images, videos and our current curriculum topics, to stimulate children’s creativity and to help to develop their enthusiasm for writing. Each half term, teachers focus on the teaching of a narrative and a non-fiction unit of work with poetry being taught at three points during the year, using their topic or the interests of the children as a stimulus. Our units focus on a spiralling progression of skills from reception to year 6, which enables our children to progress into sophisticated and independent writers.

By the end of year 6, children are confident in writing and recognising a range of text types:

  • Narrative
  • Poetry
  • Recounts in various forms
  • Reports and information texts
  • Instructions
  • Explanations
  • Biographies
  • Discussions
  • Persuasion

Our approach to writing promotes creativity within the classroom. Each journey begins by gripping the children’s attention with a hook to the piece. This engages and motivates them prior to writing. We then focus on the PAT of the writing (purpose, audience, text type) and children develop a deep understanding of these three aspects. This supports their initial idea development and understanding of the upcoming writing as well as ensuring that they apply the appropriate skills needed for that piece of writing.

Children are then taught specific writing elements that not only meet their year group criteria, but also support their writing focus. Children are provided with opportunities to study model texts to develop their understanding of the features of different genres and what they need to include to be successful writers. Through completing plans and shared writing activities, our children have the opportunity to rehearse their new skills, including relevant spelling, punctuation and grammar, which is relevant to each specific genre, before applying it to their final writing process.

Our planning and assessment tools link to the aims and objectives of the national curriculum, which have been broken down into small, achievable steps. These help to clearly measure progression across the school. There are planned opportunities to write across the curriculum to further embed writing skills, including spelling, punctuation and grammar. Our diverse topics give the opportunity to allow writing for a range of purposes, in a variety of contexts and continue to inspire a love of writing, as well as instilling in them that all writing has a purpose.

Our children take pride in the work they have produced and they are taught to and have the opportunity within the writing process to edit, redraft and improve work. We value the efforts children put into their work and it is displayed around school. Our corridors contain many high-quality examples of writing which both the children and the school are proud of.

Reading and Phonics

At Easington Colliery Primary we aim to develop the full potential of all of our pupils as confident, literate readers. Our aim is to teach children to read fluently and accurately and develop skills which promote understanding and comprehension of texts to support the curriculum and to promote a love of reading.

Reading in Reception and Year 1 is based on the use of Read, Write Inc. ditties and books from the reading programme and additional reading book schemes that are matched to the children’s phonic level. Reading from Year 2-Year 6 is linked to the children’s reading age and interests. A structured ‘Reciprocal Reading’ approach to the teaching of reading enables all children to develop the skills needed to become a reader and for all children to reach their full potential.

In addition to this, we have our own well stocked library trollies, from which the children are encourage to borrow books, and we host a yearly Book Fair; the school receives commission for holding this event, which increases our ever-growing library stock.

As a school we are lucky enough to have a famous celebrity to promote reading. The author Sophie Dahl is our ambassador for reading we call her our V.I.P – Our Very Important Reader. We share our learning with Sophie and she sends us special messages and gifts including her latest book. We are hoping that she will be coming to visit us soon. Exciting times!

At Easington Colliery Primary we want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.