At St Joseph's, the teaching of writing has many aspects. From our daily English lessons, to spelling, handwriting and grammar, we ensure that children are equipped with the skills that they need to come proficient writers.
Our English lessons are planned for following our unique 'Writing Cycle'. Children start a unit by demonstrating their current understanding of a genre/text type in a 'cold task' which is then used as a planning tool for their teachers. A new unit then starts and children will be engaged throughout due to our inspiring and motivating stimulus for writing - inspiration. As a class, an effective model (WAGOLL) will be deconstructed and children will then work towards producing their own written masterpiece, empowered to do so by learning the skills they need along the way. This all ends with children planning, drafting then completing their 'hot task', showing off all that they've learnt, before reviewing and celebrating their written work with their peers.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)
Children are taught the relevant punctuation and grammar objectives throughout the year within their daily English lessons. Where specific objectives are appropriate for a particular text type, they are explicitly taught and children are given the opportunity to apply their learning in their written work. Children are exposed to new terminology each year (conjunctions, fronted adverbials etc.) - please see the relevant glossaries on each year group's page for further clarification on these.
Children are also expected to demonstrate their prior knowledge of basic punctuation and grammar in all written work they complete - these are known as our 'non-negotiables' for writing. These skills need to be demonstrated in 'Every Piece, Every Time'. You can find the non-negotiables for each year group on the relevant year group pages.
Spelling lessons take place once a week. Children are introduced to a new sound/rule and will learn/practise those for a week on Spelling Shed. They will then be tested on those words in their spelling lesson the following week.
Throughout the school, children take part in regular handwriting practise. This takes place in fine motor skills activities and phonics sessions in EYFS and Key Stage 1, and in discreet handwriting lessons in Key Stage 2.
As a school we follow the Letter Join, cursive writing scheme. Their online website provides plenty of resources to support your child in practising their handwriting, feel free to visit and log in from home using the link and credentials below...
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