Writing is a vital skill for living in the modern world and, at St. Joseph’s, we want our students to be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing.
Writing is a tool that is often used to demonstrate children’s understanding across the curriculum
We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and effectively and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts.
The children of St Joseph’s are encouraged to become ‘mini authors’, who write as readers, and have a wide range of vocabulary, an excellent knowledge of writing techniques, as well as a clear understanding of genre and text type. They evaluate, edit and improve their work and understand that writing is a process.
We also aim for all of our children to discover the magic in writing, develop an appreciation for and love of writing and instil the habit of writing for pleasure.
We provide a thriving writing culture for all children in our school.
Through effective teaching and intervention, children are equipped with the essential skills to ensure that they become competent writers. All staff appreciate the inextricable link between children’s reading and effective writing and this is at the core of teaching.
At St Joseph’s, we have devised a clear ‘Writing Cycle’ which captures the essence of our teaching of writing for all children.
Children’s current understanding is assessed at the start of a unit and planned for to meet the needs of the class. Children’s inspiration is then ignited through exciting and engaging writing stimuli and authentic purposes for writing are encouraged where possible.
Teachers expose children to high quality texts across the curriculum that provide effective models for their own writing. They are able to develop their understanding of text type and build up their writer toolkit.
Children are given appropriate time and are taught strategies to edit and improve their work.
Spelling and handwriting are taught weekly and vocabulary development is further supplemented by our Word of the Week initiative.
Time to review and celebrate children’s writing is planned into a unit and work is further celebrated by our ‘Writer of the Week’ award.
We aim for children to be enthusiastic writers who enjoy writing across a range of genres and for a range of purposes. They will have a well-established writer toolkit, full of writing techniques, effective vocabulary and a range of sentence structures.
Children will be able to talk about their own writing confidently, with a sense of pride, and explain specific choices and their effect.
Writing skills that children have developed are used across the curriculum and empower them too demonstrate their understanding in all subjects.
Children at St Joseph’s perform well in writing at key assessment points, though more importantly, they leave us as competent writers, who can both write clearly to inform/communicate and write for pleasure.