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Subject Lead: Mrs Wreford

 

 

 

 

Writing Intent

 

Learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Writing transcends all other subjects of the curriculum and as such, gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world. Learning to write encompasses handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation as well as what we want to write and who we are writing for. At Meadlands, we are passionate about enthusing, inspiring and strengthening the skills of all our authors, empowering them with this lifelong skill.  Vocabulary acquisition is at the heart of our learning intent at Meadlands and we recognise the pivotal role that plays in the writing process. Every opportunity to teach and retain vocabulary is taken in every subject which naturally feeds into quality writing. We engage our children in the writing process and seek to make it irresistible.

 

Link to Writing Policy

 

Writing Implementation

 

Quality literature is at the heart of all our teaching, providing children with a meaningful context in which they can explore and be challenged. English lessons use exciting stimuli, such as books, films or images to ignite the children’s imaginations and these are linked to the wider curriculum wherever possible. Carefully sequenced units of work include immersion into our genre using a variety of techniques including drama, analysis, discussion and research. Grammar is threaded through each unit together with practice of techniques for successful writing. Children assess the purpose and audience for each piece of writing that they produce, and have the opportunity to plan, draft, proofread, edit, publish and perform their work. During the course of the year, children develop their writing skills and confidence across several genres which include fiction, non-fiction and poetry units.

  

                                                                                           

 

 

Writing is woven through every subject taught at Meadlands and we look for opportunities to link our learning to other topics and subjects, therefore expanding the opportunities to write.

 

Yearly Overviews

 

Spoken Language

 

At Meadlands, we believe that speaking and listening form the foundations of all learning in English. In formal and informal situations, we create and encourage opportunities for meaningful conversation, discussion, and debate about learning. Questioning forms the basis of our teaching and we strongly encourage children to be curious and to share their thoughts confidently in a supportive environment. Through spoken language, children learn how other people make sense of the world, how language is used to reason, how emotions and identities are expressed, and how to work together to solve problems. Spoken literacy objectives are woven into our English unit plans.

 

Vocabulary

 

Vocabulary is a key focus in learning units. Teachers make opportunities to read aloud to the children in all year groups and therefore model vocabulary in context. Language use is also discussed and analysed all the way from Reception to Year 6 with a range of strategies being used, such as “Vocabulary spotlight”, “Purple Tick words”, “Displays in light boxes” and “Etymology and Morphology”

 

Purple Tick Posters – KS1 and KS2

 

Grammar

 

An understanding of how to use grammar correctly, use relevant meta-language and identify word classes and sentence types is taught both in the context of a piece of writing and also explicitly in whole class work. Linked to the National Curriculum guidelines for year groups, grammar is taught and planned to fit in with relevant genres of writing. Each class has a grammar washing line with the relevant vocabulary to be explored that year. Previous year objectives may also be revisited if necessary.

 

SPAG KOs for each Year

 

Writing JLT

 

 

"I love writing because you can use your imagination. Stories can be fun, funny, exciting and sometimes sad. I like that you can be anyone, anywhere and do anything you want! I also like that people can learn from reading what other people have written. I think this makes writing very exciting! "         Lola

 

"I love writing because it is so much fun when you get to make up your own characters and describe the world they live in. I enjoy English and learning about cool words I’ve never heard of before and using these interesting words helps to make my writing more exciting. I create fact files, stories, poems and presentations and I am always writing. I love reading too and want to see how other people create their stories and get inspired to start my own."           Ava

 

"I like writing because you can be creative and imaginative with it. You can write stories, diaries and even letters to parliament, but you have to be formal. Writing can never be boring because it is always fun."  Thomas P

 

Spelling

 

Understanding how to spell correctly is important in supporting children to organise their thinking around language. Knowing how to apply spelling rules and recognising key words is empowering for children. Spelling plays a significant part of the standardised assessment and is taught throughout the school. The 2014 National Curriculum is used as a guideline as to which spellings should be taught in which year group and the No Nonsense spelling scheme is used for teaching spelling strategies. Further details of our approach to spelling can be found within our Spelling Policy.

 

Link to Spelling Policy

Spelling JLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outcomes

 

We take pride in ensuring that pupils are both supported and challenged throughout each stage of the writing curriculum. Progress is monitored regularly. Examples of support given to help pupils achieve their best include phonics interventions; within class support; 1:1 pupil conferencing; and handwriting interventions. The effect of this is reflected in our Key Stage 1 and Kay Stage 2 results — consistently above the national average.

 

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2
* Results taken from Mock SATS held in March 2020 – not statutory
Examples of Writing

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Celebrations

 

Handwriting

 

Children's hard work and perseverance always pays off!  Those children who have consistently maintained a pride in the appearance of their work will be awarded a handwriting pen.  This decision is made by Mrs Wreford, our subject leader, on a Friday morning.

 

                                                                           

Star Writer

 

Each class teacher will nominate “Star Writers” each half term. Their work will be proudly displayed in the class room for all to admire.

Writing Celebration Assemblies

 

Once per half term, children’s writing is once again celebrated at assembly time. Introduced and led by our Writing JLT, work is celebrated and shared across the school. All children featured will receive a certificate and sticker.

 

                                                                                 

 

Spelling Bee

 

Every term, a Spelling Bee competition will be held. These will be organised in key stages as follows:

  • KS1 Spelling Bee (Y1/2)
  • LKS2 Spelling Bee (Y3/4)
  • UKS2 Spelling Bee (Y5/6)

Children will compete in houses, spelling increasingly difficult words over a number of rounds. Participation will be optional. Every child participating earns a HP for their House.

The overall individual winner takes home the engraved Spelling Bee trophy. The final 6 contestants take a finalist prize of a Spelling Bee pencil. All participants get a Spelling Bee sticker. 

 

                                                                          

 

*Please note that due to current restrictions, the Spelling Bee may be postponed to the Spring Term.

 

Poetry Slam 2019

 

Poetry Slam has quickly become a firm favourite at Meadlands. This year we celebrated the centenary of the Votes for Women. With the support of our LAMDA teacher, Louise Lipton, poems are chosen for each class and children are invited to choose a poem to perform individually or in a group. The finalists perform in front of the school and a judging panel. It is always a very exciting, fun and often emotional fternoon. Every class in the school is represented.

 

 

Subject Action Plans and Governor Reports

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