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Writing

Writing at Wheatley

At Wheatley writing, alongside reading, is a priority. Successful learners in writing ask questions, they build on their own ideas and the ideas of others. To ensure that we enable children to become confident and skilled writers, we apply the following intent and principles to our teaching of this curriculum area.

 

Writing Intent and Principles

 

Implementation: The Teaching of Writing

At Wheatley, we strive for children to be inspired to write and we believe that children write powerfully when they have the opportunity to experience:

  • The richness of regular reading
  • The modelling of writing
  • The interest and valuing of ideas by the adults around them
  • The premise of relentless challenge

 

To nurture great writers, we use a range of effective teaching approaches.

 

A Quality Text Curriculum

We work from quality texts that are pre chosen to match writing genres.

  • Genres are allocated across the year groups, to be covered in a two year cycle. 
  • We use our quality texts, to explore story, illustrations, vocabulary and characters. This includes poetry and Shakespeare options as well as termly opportunities to publish.
  • We start by showing what a high quality version looks like and then we teach how to achieve this themselves, supporting all to make progress, eventually withdrawing this support to promote independence.
  • Purpose and audience are central to effective writing. Pupils need to have a reason to write and someone to write for.

 

Modelled Writing

Modelling is the most significant strategy used to develop children’s talk about writing and the quality of writing. The voice the teachers model is shaping the same voice that children have in their own heads when they are writing. When teachers are modelling, what they demonstrate is the thought process for writing.

                                                                       (Transforming Writing: Interim Evaluation Report)

 

Children need to see how a writer writes. The shared writing we create stays up on working walls in the classroom to allow children to magpie and aid the progress in their writing. The rich vocabulary gleaned from our texts is used in all of our modelling for the children to use in their writing.

 

Guided Writing

Guided writing is a valuable strategy that our teachers use to support children's writing development. Take a look at the table below to see what guided writing includes at each phase of education at Wheatley.

 

EYFS/ Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2
  • Exploring and developing aspects of writing
  • Developing an understanding of sentences
  • Extending simple sentences
  • Application of phonic skills
  • Vocabulary work
  • Role Play
  • Sequencing and retelling
  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Developing fine motor skills
  • Developing different aspects of the

        writing process

  • Vocabulary work
  • Exploring different sentence structures

        and types

  • Understanding the organisation and

        structure of texts

  • Evaluating, editing and proof reading

 

 

Our Writing Learning Journey

All of these strategies are packaged in to our writing learning journeys which are displayed in classrooms and show progression through our units of learning. Click on the links below to find out more about each step in the learning process.

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