English - Writing
At Plympton St Mary’s and Old Priory Junior Academy ( St. Mary’s Priory Schools) we believe that speaking, listening, reading and writing are fundamental life skills, which enable children to communicate effectively in all areas of the curriculum and equips them for the challenges they will face in the wider world.
At our schools, we endeavour to create a love for literacy. We want every child to leave us with the skills of an excellent writer. Throughout their time at St. Mary’s Priory Schools, children develop their skills by exploring a wide-range of genres, with a focus on exploring a range of models of excellence and using these to guide the drafting and editing process. We expect the highest standards of writing every time a child writes in any subject.
We aim that:
We ensure that children develop a love of writing and the skills needed to be an effective writer:
Teachers ensure that short and long writing opportunities are regularly provided in a range of curriculum subjects.
Modelled, shared, guided and independent writing are frequently used by teachers.
Children are provided with clear expectations and outcomes when writing.
Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Phonics are taught explicitly and applied to their text.
High-quality texts are used as models for children’s own writing
Teachers use a four-stage model when teaching writing:
Familiarisation - Learning about the text
The impact of our writing curriculum and carefully crafted, well taught lessons with appropriate and ongoing feedback for each child can be seen in the progress that children make in their books. As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy skills. They are becoming more confident to take risks in their writing, they have flow, flair and control, and love to discuss and share their ideas.