Writing at St James’ Lanehead, we believe that the mastery of written language is one of the most powerful gifts that we can provide to our children. We believe that writing should be purposeful, rich and enjoyable for all. We have adopted the ‘Talk for Writing’ model, which is implemented through our English teaching and learning. Talk for Writing involves making explicit the thinking involved in the writing process so that it can be internalised and ultimately applied by children in their writing.
Our aims for English is to ensure that by the end of Key Stage 2, all pupils:
· Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
· Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
· Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
· Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
· Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
· Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
· Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentation, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
The English curriculum is underpinned by two core values – that all children should be competent readers and that all children should be able to articulate their ideas. We believe that in order for our
children to become successful writers, they must first be able to speak well and read with fluency and confidence.
The environment is print-rich and children are actively encouraged to contribute their own writing and read their peers’ work. We use ‘Talk for Writing’ as an invaluable teaching methodology, encouraging our children to say it before they write it. Underpinning this is a systematic and comprehensive approach to spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and grammar whereby children are exposed daily to the English language and encouraged to experiment and manipulate language.
Children are required to learn set spelling each week and apply those within their own writing. Where children require further support, phonics is continually taught until such a point the children are ready to progress.
Our ‘Approach to Writing’ document shows the steps we take to teach and develop handwriting.