Writing at Archbishop
What does Writing look like at our school?
Our English curriculum enables children to write with confidence, fluency and understanding. By linking our writing to reading and a love of books, children develop their interest in words and their meanings, growing a rich vocabulary.
Every child plans, drafts and revises their own writing. Drama and role play are used regularly to encourage greater creativity. We have developed our curriculum to incorporate high quality and engaging texts that interest and inspire our writers. This is developed further in all cross-curricular work where children are given opportunities to use their writing skills to engage and inform. Progression is carefully planned, reviewed and adapted yearly to ensure that children’s learning builds effectively over time.
Why is WRITING an important part of our curriculum?
Children should develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing to enable them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, and to communicate with others effectively. Learning to become good writers ensures that children are given the tools they need to communicate effectively in the wider world. Awareness of audience, purpose and context is key in allowing them to communicate with respect and tolerance to the views of others.
Certain skills, such as accurate spelling and understanding the morphology of words are vital as the children progress, becoming more able writers. The ability to articulate and communicate ideas and then effectively organise them for a reader allows children to make a positive impact on the world around them.
What is our vision for WRITING at Archbishop Hutton’s?
The children at our school will be enthusiastic, independent and lively writers with an innate desire to write for pleasure.
Cross-curricular topics to provide a platform for talk and deliver enriched activities for writing. Every child will learn to write by being given real and exciting materials and opportunities. We will show and explain everyday occurrences to the children and inspire them to write about them. We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles. We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing.
We want children to have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change.
What do our children think about WRITING at Archbishop Hutton’s?
“I love writing stories, especially when we get to write really long ones.”
“I am a much better writer now than I used to be.This is because I read more than I used to and I try to use interesting words I have learnt in my writing.”
“Every week we do a piece of writing in our portfolio. I always try hard to make it the best I can do.I make sure I check all of my writing against the Success Criteria which helps me know what I need to include.”