Writing at Bishopspark

Aims

  • To be able to express themselves in different contexts and for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • To encourage independence in writing, balancing the purpose and function with the need to develop conventional organisation.
  • To become aware of the writing process from ideas through to completion, being able to assess their own efforts and improve them through drafting, sharing, refining and editing, including using ICT.
  • To find interest and lasting enjoyment in their own creative ability and that of others.
  • To extend and develop their creative abilities by experimenting with a range of genres, poetry and language conventions.
  • To present written information effectively through developing fluent, joined and legible handwriting, and using ICT.
  • To recognise and use the terminology of grammar as defined in the National Curriculum.
  • To develop an understanding of phonemic, morphemic, etymological principles to aid accurate spelling.

Children become competent in communicating through writing, by experiencing writing in a variety of forms, for a range of purposes and for different audiences. The conventions of the written language, including Standard English are taught through the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach and children should write with confidence, accuracy and enthusiasm. Teaching of writing should include the teacher demonstrating writing skills and children’s own writing to model the writing process. The use of writing targets will help children know where they are, where they need to be, and what steps have to be taken in order to make progress.

Talk for Writing

Pupils are taught to write using the Talk for Writing approach from FS2 – Year 4. The Talk for Writing approach teaches children the conventions of writing through reading, speaking the language, practising the skills before applying those skills in their own writing. Through speaking, children internalise the conventions they are expected to use in their writing.

Main Features of Talk For Writing

Book-Talk – the extended opportunity to use talk to explore children’s persona and collective responses to a text as readers.

Writer-Talk – the articulation of the thinking and creative processes involved in all stages of the act of writing; talk that helps children to think and behave like a writer, and consider themselves to be a writer.

Storytelling and story making – involves the learning and repeating of oral stories, building children’s confidence to develop them through telling and then extending that development into writing; later creating ‘new’ stories orally as a preparation and rehearsal for writing. The sequence is imitation, innovation, invention.

Punctuation and grammar are taught as an integral part of the writing process. The objectives that are taught are in line with the New Curriculum (2014) and link directly to the text type that the children are learning. The teaching of grammar compliments the genre that is being taught and these skills are then applied across the curriculum.

Entitlement

Pupils have access to a wide range of writing opportunities, including:

  • Cold write (Years 1 to 4)
  • Cross curricular writing
  • Shared and guided writing
  • Handwriting practice
  • Using ICT
  • Presentations to audiences
  • Collaborative writing
  • Planning, drafting, editing

Assessment and Record Keeping

Teachers will make judgements and assessments about children’s writing throughout the year but every piece of unaided work from each child will be formally assessed. Children’s work will be assessed against the National Curriculum end of year statements and against National Standard exemplifications. Progress will be recorded using the Target Tracker software and pupils informed of their next steps.

Teachers will keep on-going records of children’s levels of competence, and will assess using many strategies and opportunities including:

  • Guided writing notes / assessments
  • Unaided half-termly writing assessments
  • Pupil progress meeting discussions
  • Assessed planning/notes
  • Noted assessments made during teaching
  • Cross curricular writing
  • Talk for Writing assessments