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Writing

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank

Intent
Our intention is to develop pupil’s knowledge, enhance their vocabulary and teach them the skills they need to become independent, confident writers.  

Implementation

From Reception to Y6 children are exposed to a vast range of high quality texts each term.  When choosing our texts, we ensure that we expose children to a variety of texts with a rich vocabulary to support their writing.  Daily writing lessons take place linked to the high quality text being read in class and where appropriate link to the termly enquiry.  Children are given a range of opportunities to write with varied and engaging tasks. They also have opportunities to complete regular longer pieces of writing over several days: editing; improving; and publishing their work.

Discrete spelling lessons are taught daily using the No Nonsense spelling scheme.

Impact
Children should develop into enthusiastic writers with the confidence to communicate their ideas to a range of audiences.  Children should be able to speak positively about writing and have the ability and skills to continue to develop their writing onto the next stage of their learning and beyond.

Writing across the curriculum
We encourage children to practice and develop their writing skills in a range of non-core subjects.  Children are given opportunities to complete extended pieces of writing across the curriculum.

Handwriting
From Reception to Y6, we teach children to form their letters using cursive script.  This begins in reception and Y1 with children learning pre-cursive script and then towards the end of Y1 and beginning of Y2 they learn to join.  By the end of Y2 all children are encouraged to join their writing.  
    

Spelling
In Reception and Y1, children cover spelling in their daily phonics lessons.  Children also begin to spell high frequency words as part of these daily lessons.  From Y2 to Y6 children will follow No Nonsense Spelling and learn spelling patterns.  Children will have weekly spelling tests focusing on the patterns being taught that week.  In KS2 children have termly spelling tests linked to the National Curriculum Statutory spelling list.