At Haughton St. Giles we like to make writing as purposeful and creative as possible. As such we try to make links between topic and writing wherever possible.
The children start their writing journey with Read Write Inc. Phonics in Reception where they learn to form letters and begin to spell words. The journey continues with RWI in Year 1 and the beginning of Year 2. The children develop their knowledge of alternative graphemes and a broader base of spelling.
Whilst RWI is a quick and effective way for children become proficient at spelling, at Haughton St. Giles we like to provide our children with lots of opportunities to write creatively in different ways.
Our children are taught to write through our Literacy Learning Pathway. This provides a consistent and structured pathway to writing throughout the school from year 1 all the way to year 6.
Literacy Learning Pathway
At the beginning of the unit of writing we explain the end product and purpose for the children’s learning.
The model text shows the children what their end piece of writing will look like and provides a vehicle for the children to explore the different text and sentence features that they need to use and learn.
Teaching of Punctuation and Grammar (GPS or SPaG)
Any elements of grammar or punctuation that are needed for the particular type of writing are taught as a discrete skill and within the context of the end product. There are other elements of punctuation and grammar that are required in all types of writing or need exploring in more detail. In upper KS1 and KS2 the children are taught spelling through the Read Write Inc. Spellings scheme and punctuation and grammar at the same time the younger children have their Read Write Inc. Phonics lesson.
Once the Children have learnt the skills they will need, they are taught to plan their writing. This will often involve planning text features, structure and making some vocabulary choices. The process of planning before writing splits up some of the thinking required so there isn’t too much to think about when writing a 1st draft.
Writing the 1st draft
The next step is for the children to write a first draft of their final end product.
Edit and Improve
The children then use success criteria along with a combination of self and peer assessment to work out what they have done really well and which bits of their work need improving.
This is were the children get to produce their finish end product, a piece of work they can be truly proud of.