Opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of writing are as follows:
Phonics – In KS1 teachers provide daily Phonic sessions of 20 minutes; in KS2 this is delivered by specially trained TAs.
Spellings in KS2- Spelling is taught twice weekly and tested once every week. Spellings are sent home to learn on a weekly basis. Spelling rules, letter strings and high frequency words are taught and then tested. Teachers do not mark every word spelt incorrectly but will highlight a few (the choice of which words to correct will depend on the child’s ability and the purpose of the writing) and then children will correct these during the following session.
Grammar – Grammar is taught through the text being studied. This develops the children’s composition skills and focuses on sentence organisation, vocabulary and punctuation and is differentiated according to individual children’s needs.
Emergent writing - In Reception and Key Stage 1 children are given regular opportunities to write freely within a particular genre and across the curriculum. This gives them the opportunity to become emergent writers.
Guided Writing/Independent Writing -Each teaching sequence includes an opportunity for guided and independent writing. There are also daily opportunities for independent writing throughout the other curriculum areas.
Talk for Writing – Children of all ages are encouraged to verbalize sentences before they record them down. This is done through paired discussion with a talk partner or with an adult, and helps children to compose grammatically accurate sentences.
Handwriting -The school has adopted a cursive handwriting script and this is taught and reinforced regularly within children’s school books and also through discrete handwriting sessions.
Targets - Teachers provide targets for each pupil. Each child will have a personalized individual target which will enable their writing to move forward. These are referenced within teacher’s marking across the curriculum, and children regularly review their personal targets.
Marking - Work is marked and assessed in line with the Marking and Assessment Policies.