At Vittoria Primary School, we intend every child within our school learns to become confident writers equipped with the skills to write effectively for a wide range of purposes and audiences. We aim to teach the conventions of standard English and teach children to use this effectively in their writing. We want to empower children to understand and follow the EEF’s authentic writing process of planning, drafting, editing, revising and publishing.
At Vittoria, children from Year 1 to Year 6 have daily writing lessons and write for a genuine purpose and audience. They are taught the skills of spoken language, transcription, composition, and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation as set out in the Primary National Curriculum. Each half term, children produce at least one extended writing outcome linked to their CLPE Power of Reading text and at least one extended writing outcome linked to their history, geography or science topic.
Purpose and audience
- High-quality CLPE Power of Reading texts are chosen to inspire exciting, purposeful writing opportunities.
- Children in KS1 and LKS2 are given an exciting purpose and genuine audience for their writing.
- Children in UKS2 are empowered to choose their own audience and genre.
- Children are given opportunities to publish their writing by sharing it with their chosen audience.
- Children in Reception and KS1 are taught to write by segmenting and then blending words using the strategies that they are familiar with through their RWI phonics reading lessons.
- Children are then taught to sequence words to form sentences complete with a capital letter and full stop.
- Children receive explicit handwriting teaching at least three times a week where they are taught correct pen grip, letter formation and accurate letter joins.
- Children across the school are taught to spell by explicit teaching and practise of the spelling rules set out in Appendix 1 of the Primary National Curriculum for their Key Stage.
- Teachers use CLPE Power of Reading strategies to teach oracy and drama as a precursor to writing.
- Teachers use both metacognitive modelling and task modelling to teach children the writing process from organising ideas, writing them and refining them.
- Effective teacher questioning elicits the oral responses that allow children to use speech to organise their ideas in readiness for writing.
Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
- Children are taught and encouraged to use ambitious tier 2 vocabulary in their writing.
- The explicit teaching of grammar and punctuation concepts is embedded in writing lessons to ensure children have authentic opportunities to develop these core skills.
The impact of our writing curriculum is measured through pupil voice and teacher judgement of independent writing.
Children will be able to:
- Use high standards of spoken English
- Use adventurous vocabulary in their conversations and writing
- Use a neat, legible, fluent handwriting style
- Know how to write for a wide range of purposes, genres and audiences
- Plan, draft, edit, revise and publish their writing
- Achieve the age appropriate standard at the end of EYFS and Key Stage 2