‘My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.’Psalm 45:1
At St Catherine’s, we follow a book-based approach for our Writing curriculum. Our texts have been carefully selected to reflect our diverse school community. All children in our school should feel represented in the texts that we cover throughout the year. Our children are engaged and passionate writers and realise the power of the written word to affect positive change in the world.
At St Catherine’s, our approach to Writing reflects our commitment to ensuring that our children can be agents for change with the written word. Our curriculum challenges children across the year groups to engage with different text types and styles. We use books and texts with authors, illustrators, and main characters from a variety of backgrounds to echo our commitment to a curriculum that every child feels seen and heard. We wish children to realise that the written word is powerful and something that can be used to inspire.
We wish that all children make at least good progress in their Writing year-on-year and constantly monitor and implement intervention where we see support needed. We are proud of our adaptive approach to teaching in Writing and believe that all children can achieve the intended outcome of a Writing unit, provided that strong, consistent and appropriate scaffolds are in place.
We use the Literary Curriculum’s Literary Leaves to shape our planning. This scheme of work allows for creative and engaging lessons to take place that allows all learners to be excited and ready to write. We have selected diverse texts from a variety of authors to reflect our commitment at St Catherine’s to diversity and inclusion.
We are proud that our teachers adapt to the areas that the pupils need support in in their Writing lessons. Teachers scaffold up to ensure that although there may be a different journey for pupils, all pupils will reach the same written outcome. Teachers understand the needs of their classes and feel empowered to adapt the planning of the Literary Curriculum to allow their classes to thrive.
With the support of the Writing Lead and other members of staff, we encourage a robust debate on how and when to teach certain objectives to ensure that gaps are addressed effectively and that staff with great expertise are deployed effectively.
The quality of teaching and outcomes in Writing is regularly monitored through book scrutinies, learning walks, pupil and staff voice surveys, observations and data analysis to ensure that all pupils are making progress and that the teaching of Writing is of the highest standard.
From our monitoring, teachers and support staff are provided with training and support that will allow them to address the areas in their practice that needs improving to ensure their teaching is consistently high-quality.
Teachers assess regularly in Writing to get a continuous idea of the strengths and areas for improvement for individual children. Using whole class feedback, teachers inform their planning for future lessons to allow for misconceptions to be corrected. Through our constant feedback with pupils, all children should be confident of the areas of improvement that they have and how they can address these areas.
We put into place rigorous and focussed interventions in a timely manner to ensure that pupils are achieving their greatest potential. Many of these interventions may be same-day so that pupils involved feel confident in how they can move on with their learning before the next lesson.
All children should be able to communicate their ideas in written form accurately, with pride and with confidence. Every child should be able to write in a variety of different ways for a variety of different audiences. By the time a pupil finishes their time at St Catherine’s and progresses onto secondary school, they will be confident and prepared to face the new challenges of writing at a secondary school level.
No matter the lesson that children are in, they should be confident in their ability to write clearly and communicate their ideas. Pupils should recognise where their writing is strong and where they can edit and improve. Moreover, handwriting should be consistent and legible with a strong understanding shown of the school’s handwriting approach.
To encourage excellence in Writing at St Catherine’s, we will regularly be holding writing competitions around specific themes. Winners of these writing competitions will be celebrated in assembly and will be added to our Writing WOW board in school and online. Please visit this page regularly and look out on class Twitter pages for updates about upcoming competitions.
Below are a number of websites with writing prompts that can be used to practise writing at home. Take one picture and allow your child’s imagination to go wild!
See below a document outlining all of the grammar terms you will come across from Year 1 to Year 6.