Newsome Junior School: Writing Vision
At Newsome Junior School, we intend for our children to leave as confident, capable and independent writers, who not only understand the purpose and importance of writing but also enjoy the writing process. We intend for children to use their writing skills across the curriculum.
Following the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum, we plan a progressive programme, which builds upon previous teaching and ensures that each child’s needs are met. We want our children to draw upon a rich exposure to quality literature so that throughout the writing process, they can write as a reader and read as a writer.
We intend for our children to be able to communicate and express themselves effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.
We plan opportunities for children to develop their oracy skills by:
Our curriculum cultivates a sense of independence in writing, whilst being inclusive and enriching. Newsome Junior School recognises the importance of children acquiring a wide vocabulary. In order for all learners to share ideas, develop vocabulary and to internalise language patterns, we use the principles of Talk4Writing so that they can draw upon an extensive linguistic repertoire when writing.
We also want all of our children to be able to spell new words by effectively applying spelling patterns and rules. They will have a solid understanding of grammar and apply it effectively to their writing. We believe that all children should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing by developing a legible, cursive, handwriting style in preparation for their move to secondary school. Ultimately, we aim for all children to reach their full potential in writing.
Across school, children receive a daily English lesson. Within each unit of work, carefully sequenced lessons ensure that prior learning of grammar, punctuation and spelling is revisited and developed. Each year group have a yearly overview of writing across a range of genres, ensuring that children are able to write for a range of purposes and audiences.
*Please see our ‘Planning for Writing Implementation Guide’ for more information.
We ensure that children are aware of their strengths and areas for development in writing so that learners can take ownership of their progress. Teachers leave next steps when marking to ensure that children know exactly what they need to do to make progress; children are encouraged to respond to this in purple pen. We also ensure that appropriate scaffolds are put in place for children who need it.
We follow the EEF’s ‘Five a Day Approach’, particularly for children who are identified as working below age-related outcomes, those on the SEN register or those with English as an additional language. These children are provided with interventions or support to help them develop their writing, at a level that is matched to their individual needs. The nature of the intervention will be decided by the teacher, with support from the SENDco. Provision in class may include working in a small group work with an adult, using scaffolds or using technology to assist with completion of work.
Children leave Newsome Junior School as happy, confident writers, who have the key skills and knowledge necessary for the next stage of their learning.
The impact of our writing curriculum will be measured through: