Writing

St. Ignatius Writing Long Term Plan

 

At St. Ignatius Catholic Primary school, we provide an ambitious and well-structured writing curriculum which entails the rigorous teaching of transcriptional knowledge and skills for pupils so they are able to secure early automaticity and fluidity in their writing. This provides children with the opportunity to clearly express their thoughts, ideas and emotions accurately and creatively. We believe strongly in the importance of language development and acquisition and therefore provide ample opportunities for pupils to practise, rehearse and use a broad and varied vocabulary within lessons and in our wider school curriculum. We also intend to create writers who can confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling and set high expectations for all pupils to take pride in the presentation and quality of their work, having a fluent, cursive handwriting style, as well as allowing their imaginations to flourish. 

We aim to deliver a consistent approach in the teaching of writing to ensure that all children are equipped with secure knowledge and skills for the future. 

 

Early Writing

Early writing is taught through early mark making, then when the children begin Floppy’s Phonics they are taught the letter formations. This begins with writing (whether with a writing tool or in the air) CVC words, moving onto short sentences using the sounds they have been taught. The children also learn to remember and write stories using Literacy Shed Plus and traditional tales and stories. They are also encouraged to write independently in continuous provision.

This process continues into Year 1, where children are encouraged to use the sounds they have been taught. They have access to Floppy’s Phonics sound mats, when they are writing, whether this is with the teacher, in continuous provision or independently.

 

Writing from Year 1 to Year 6

Writing across the curriculum is taught by showing the children what a good one looks like (WAGOLL), before then identifying the features in the specific text type that is needed e.g. an information text about their learning in history.  The children then use this knowledge as a scaffold to write about their learning, as they are familiar with the text type and style of writing needed for that genre.

Teachers follow a specific and agreed sequence of teaching for writing alongside the planning from Literacy Shed Plus. Please see the documents below for more information about the teaching sequence in Ks1 and Ks2.

After the teaching of a unit, teachers assess the end piece of independent writing. Verbal feedback and written feedback can be expected based on this piece and targets on their next piece. The work will be assessed using the writing checklists linked below.

 

Assessing Writing

Moderation interally and externally

Key Stage One and Key Stage Two External Moderation Summer Term 2023

Writing data for St. Ignatius

Writing Assessment Framework

 

Handwriting

Cursive handwriting is to be used across the school. Handwriting taught daily through English sessions in Key Stage 1 and interventions will take place in Key Stage 2 where necessary.