Writing teaching at Wellfield aims to enable students to communicate ideas in a creative and purposeful way through an engaging and challenging curriculum that will instil a lifelong love of writing and will equip children with the writing skills that they will need to succeed in, and beyond, their school years. The writing curriculum is carefully planned to ensure learning builds on previous knowledge and skills and includes: structure and composition of texts; intention and purpose; spelling, punctuation and grammar.
“The secret to becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing”
In English children will be equipped with the tools to write a range of different genres and for a range of different purposes. These tools will include: spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, vocabulary choice and style. They will have the opportunity to write for a wide range of different purposes and investigate different effects on the reader. They will look at a variety of different examples and analyse the choices of different writers and apply these to their own writing
Teachers at Wellfield know good writing teaching happens when:
Learning is interesting and relevant to the children and links to previous and future learning;
Children have opportunities to collaborate, discuss and share their thoughts and ideas;
Lessons are differentiated and inclusive and children have opportunities to stretch and challenge themselves;
Modelling is an intrinsic part of the writing process with thoughts and choices of writers being explicitly discussed.
Writing and the 5Cs
In writing, learning builds on prior knowledge and skills, allowing a progression of writing genres and opportunities to deepen skills across and within each year group. Texts and units are linked to topics in other subjects as well as introducing children to new genres and contexts which will be built on throughout their school career (e.g. writing structures are developed from a basic narrative and non-fiction baseline at the beginning of Y5 and built upon to include different perspectives, flashbacks and effects of the reader)
Through the writing curriculum, children are able to develop skills in a variety of written and oral communications which are transferable across subjects. They are taught how to choose the correct form and style of communication relevant to the purpose and audience (e.g. formal communications to an unknown audience and specific choices to suit a variety of audiences)
Children are given a chance to explore and experiment in their writing through exposure to, and engagement in, a wide range of text types which provide opportunities to express and mould their ideas and identity (e.g.a variety of poetry, music and lyrics, short stories,novels and plays which show how writing can be used to express ideas and opinions).
Throughout the writing curriculum, children engage with writing activities relevant to their local, national and international community. They have opportunities to present and share their work with local and national audiences and are encouraged to raise awareness of issues to help shape the future through writing (e.g. local and national writing competitions, links to the international refugee crisis, politics and corruption and socio-economic issues).
Writing opportunities enable children to express an understanding of different cultures and peoples, presently and in the past. Exposure to a wide and diverse range of authors and poets allows children to form their individual voice as a writer (e.g. units on: Shakespeare, Poetry Through Time and Hidden Voices).