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.
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:
To nurture great writers, we use a range of effective teaching approaches.
We work from quality texts that are pre chosen to enable the children to experience a range of writing genres. These writing genres are based on four key elements and purposes of writing; to entertain, to inform, to discuss and to persuade.
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 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
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structure of texts
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.