At Haughton St. Giles our children are taught to write through our Literacy Learning Pathway. This provides a consistent and structured pathway to writing throughout the school.
Literacy Learning Pathway
Purpose and Impact
At the beginning of the unit of literacy, incorporating reading and writing, children are introduced to the purpose and impact of their learning – the reason for the writing they will complete and the impact their writing must have on the reader.
Reading and the Model Text
Children explore the model written text within their reading, focusing upon new and powerful vocabulary as well as answering key questions about the text to develop their comprehension skills and understanding of the purpose and impact of the text. This text may also model to the children what their end piece of writing will be based upon 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 writing purpose are taught as within the learning journey. There are other elements of punctuation and grammar that are required in all types of writing or need exploring in more detail and these maybe taught through additional discrete sessions.
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 high level and quality vocabulary choices. The process of planning before writing splits up some of the thinking required.
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 whole class/individual feedback, as well as 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 add the finishing touches to their writing ensuring that they have produced a piece of work they can be truly proud of.