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Writing

Intent 

At South Camberley, we aim to inspire confident and creative writers. Writing is driven by high-quality texts that have been carefully selected to engage and inspire children to facilitate writing for pleasure. The teaching of writing is progressive to develop children’s confidence to independently write across a range of genres. Through carefully planned English units, children are taught a range of grammar, sentence structure, word/vocabulary building and spelling skills and how to apply this to their writing. 

Implementation

  • The planning of English is completed collaboratively as a year group to ensure that all teachers are responsible for planning high-quality and engaging learning sequences to support children to be successful writers. 
  • Each writing outcome is introduced with a ‘hook’ lesson to immerse learners in the topic of work and to unlock their creativity.  
  • Every year group participates in a film unit at least once a year to provide a visual context and engage learners in a range of examples of how we use language in our everyday life. 
  • Computing is used to engage children with virtual experiences to inspire writing. 
  • In EYFS, children give meaning to the marks they make as they draw, write and paint. As they progress through the year, children are taught to use their developing phonic knowledge to write things such as a labels and captions, later moving on to simple sentences. 
  • In KS1 and KS2, writing lessons are taught daily (1 hour). 
  • Spelling is taught four times a week (15 minutes) following No Nonsense Spelling Scheme. 
  • The school have invested in Pobble, an online moderation tool to ensure that all writing is recorded and monitored by teachers and subject leaders.  
  • English CPD is delivered by external specialists and subject leaders. Class teachers receive English training every half term. 
  • The teaching and planning of English is monitored by subject leaders to ensure appropriate opportunities are planned to support accelerated learning of all learners. 
  • Handwriting is taught through short but regular practice (3 x 15 minutes in KS1 and 2 x15 minutes in KS2). 
  • We use a handwriting scheme (ISHA) to promote excellent handwriting habits to impact positively on the content of written work.

Impact 

Children are able to write across a range of different genres to produce writing for a range of purposes. Evidence of high-quality texts as a stimulus is evident within children’s writing through their rich vocabulary choices and differing writing techniques. Correct grammatical language is used across all year groups and within work produced.