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Writing

Intent

End point

At Harbour Primary, we teach our children to express their ideas and thoughts creatively in all manner of ways, regardless of their background, needs or ability. We will respond to any gaps identified in children’s learning.

All children are expected to:

  • write with enjoyment and confidence, expressing their ideas creatively
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for different purposes and audiences
  • understand and value the editing and improving of their own work
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of conventions for writing
  • write with a fluent, cursive handwriting style

Implementation

Entitlement

  • Every child in YR-Y6 writes daily.
  • Every child has a daily writing lesson, and opportunities to practise and use their progressive skills across the curriculum.
  • Some children receive additional support, for example pre-teaching, daily small group work, writing resources or other interventions identified to support the child.
  • Well-trained teachers and support staff ensure that all vulnerable children are supported at the appropriate time.
  • All children are entitled to focused teaching time with their teacher.

To develop confident, enthusiastic writers who can express themselves in a variety of different styles and across a variety of contexts, our children write every day, across all subjects taught at our school.   We teach our children to write for a range of purposes and audiences, and use a range of engaging hooks to capture our children’s imagination. Writing tasks are specific and meaningful, and meet a purpose to engage the children and to illustrate how their writing skills can be applied in real life contexts.

Teaching blocks focus on fiction, non-fiction or poetry in line with the 2014 National Curriculum, and comprehension, grammar and progression of writing skills are embedded in lessons. Lesson sequences build progressively towards an extended piece of writing. To enrich the English curriculum, children study a range of high quality, rich texts – which are used as models for own writing with regards to structure, vocabulary and levels of formality. 

A high standard of joined, cursive handwriting is modelled and taught within English lessons. Outcomes are recorded in handwriting books and in English books to promote a high level of pride and presentation across all written outcomes across the curriculum.

Assessment for learning is embedded in English lessons, and children are active in reviewing the successes in their work and identifying, with support from their teacher, target areas for development to ensure a continuous and individualised approach to improving their work. 

Impact

Our English curriculum realises enthusiastic writers, who can write effectively for a range of purposes. Children enjoy discussing and sharing their ideas, and showcasing their developing English skills and knowledge in their writing.

Our children are confident to take risks in their writing, editing and improving work to achieve the desired effect. Outcomes in writing evidence the high quality of work and the impact of varied and cross curricular writing opportunities. These enable the children to write across a range of forms and adapt their writing successfully, considering the purpose.

Attainment in writing at the end of KS2 is above the National Average.

skills progression writing 2022 2023.pdf