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Writing Curriculum

Intent, Implementation, and Impact

English – Writing Curriculum Statement

Our curriculum is joined and sequenced properly to ensure that our children avoid gaps in their learning. A globally relevant curriculum helps to facilitate children with a strong world view.

Intent

At St. John’s RC Primary School, our intent is for children to:

  • Write with confidence, fluency and understanding
  • Be able to self-assess, edit and develop ideas further
  • Have an interest in etymology (where words originate from)
  • Develop a rich vocabulary
  • Know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry
  • Recognise and use features of specific text types

 

Implementation
During English lessons, children have opportunities to engage with high quality texts which contain varied and rich vocabulary to promote a love of writing. We inspire young writers by using a range of film clips and age-appropriate texts from Literacy Shed Plus to spark creativity and imagination. Lessons are sequenced so children write a range of text types suitable to their year group. Clear progression is carefully mapped out so that each year, skills are built upon, and children learn about new text types as they move from Year 1 up to Year 6. Children in Early Years are given opportunities to develop their writing skills through a purposeful and meaningful approach. This provides opportunities for children to embed real life opportunities for rehearsing their writing skills (for example, invitations, cards, party lists and registers).

At St. John’s we offer writing opportunities every week, with the children completing their own independent writing on a Friday. This piece of writing will include key skills and prior learning from their week of lessons, showcasing their writing ability. This enables children to self-assess their own learning by editing their work in their purple polishing pens. We have built in opportunities for children to write across the curriculum.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar are taught as discreet lessons, but class teachers have the expectation that children apply these skills to their own writing during the course of the week. Spelling rules are taught weekly, with children learning words with these rules in as part of their home learning.

 

Intended Impact

At St. John’s, we will see success in English lessons, specifically writing, when:

  • Pupils will enjoy writing across a range of genres
  • Pupils will have a passion for writing
  • Children of all abilities will be able to succeed
  • Children will develop a rich vocabulary
  • Children can use a range of techniques to spell unfamiliar words