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Coningsby St Michael's Church of England Primary School

Believe. Aspire. Succeed.

Writing

Our School Vision

As Jesus welcomes and values children, we at St Michael’s aspire to welcome and value all members of our community. We believe that this welcome and value provides opportunities for all to succeed.

Matthew 18: 2-5

 

At Coningsby St Michael’s C of E Primary School, we intend for all our children to leave our school as competent writers. Writing is carefully linked throughout the curriculum so children will have opportunities to develop and hone their writing skills. Expectations for writing are high and children are encouraged to take pride in their written work. We believe all our children are able to develop a love of language and oracy and adapt these for different purposes and audiences. We aim to adapt our writing curriculum in a progressive way in order to effectively teach children from foundation stage through to year 6.

 

 

We follow the EYFS and National Curriculum and begin writing in Reception through our fidelity to the Read Write Inc programs. Children are taught to sit correctly and form letters correctly during RWInc and are encouraged to strengthen their pencil grip through daily activities set out in their provision. We continue this through Year 1 up until the Spring Term, and in Year 2 until the end of Autumn term. Children are encouraged to use talking and skills of rehearsal to help them in the development of their early writing skills. This is embedded through the provision in reception classes as well as the outdoor area in Year 1, where continuous provision for the first term has proven to be a successful tool for children to gain confidence in ‘talking for writing.’

 

From Year 2 to Year 6 we use Read to Write as a framework for writing, we felt that children at CSM would benefit greatly from a structured, well planned curriculum for writing that would give them the confidence to use their newly acquired language skills across the curriculum.  Where possible, learning questions in these year groups will link to the texts read in English so knowledge and skills are retained and embedded, ‘Sticky’ knowledge is key as children progress through the skills of writing curriculum. Further research from Literacy counts can be found here.

 

We envisage that children will enjoy the high-quality texts that the Read to Write framework provides. Language is an important part of the program and children will be given ample opportunity to use this in their everyday lives. Expectations from the model texts are pitched at the highest level as we refuse to put a ceiling on children’s learning. Feedback from Year 6 pupils who have trialled the program has been incredible as children talk about the exciting text and build up to the texts. Children will become confident independent writers who can write for different purposes and audiences. They will have a love for writing because they have been given the tools to be a great writer.

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