Dane Royd Writers
Imagine, Create, Share
Welcome to our writing page!
I am Mrs Greenwood and I am the Writing Leader in school.
Intent - What do we want for our children in writing?
At Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, we believe that writing is a crucial part of the curriculum as it provides the children with fundamental skills for the future, therefore, we intend to provide our children with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum. We feel that weaving writing opportunities into a range of subject areas, ensures that the writing tasks are engaging and purposeful.
We want all of our children to be able to communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions creatively through their writing. We want them to be able to write clearly, accurately and coherently, and to be able to independently manipulate their vocabulary and grammar choices appropriately depending on the context, purpose or audience. We believe that presentation is an important aspect of writing – if the children show pride in their work, high-quality content is reflected.
At Dane Royd, we want our children to be confident, capable writers, who understand the value of English to them throughout their education and in their future.
Implement - How will we achieve this?
In KS1 the children’s writing is often linked to a story/text that we are reading together in class. In our KS2 Writing lessons we have chosen to use a range of text types linked to our history and geography topics as a driver, in order to foster pupils’ interests in writing, by providing them with a real context and purpose to their writing. We hope that by exposing them to a range of text types across a unit of work, will not only assist in motivating them to read and write, but it will also reflect in their ability to write for a range of audiences and purposes.
Teachers read aloud to children each day and choose books in every year group which are more challenging than a book that the majority would read independently, in order to expose the children to high level vocabulary. We feel that this opens up the door for discussions on word origin, word meaning, figurative language and authorial choice. We believe that as children are exposed to new vocabulary the words that they choose to use in their independent writing will improve. At Dane Royd, we know the value of excellent vocabulary, and this is developed and practiced across our English curriculum.
Our children will explore spelling patterns and rules and will be taught how to use a dictionary independently to check the spelling of ambitious words.
The teaching of punctuation and grammar skills is woven into writing lessons, in order to ensure that the children are applying their SPaG skills appropriately. Teacher’s plan in opportunities for children to edit and improve their writing, taking into consideration the punctuation and grammar element that they are focusing on that week. Punctuation and grammar skills are taught in a logical, progressive sequence within each year group.
We promote the importance of written work and enable children to see themselves as authors and poets, by displaying good examples of writing in every classroom and on corridor displays. Moreover, children have the opportunity to read their creative writing out loud in front of an audience in class assemblies. In addition to this, throughout the school year the children are given a context to their learning by being provided with exciting opportunities to share their writing such as entering competitions and at events. We strongly believe that opportunities like this improve children’s learning.
We know that at Dane Royd Junior and Infant School our children are inspired to write and that they are provided with the tools that they need to develop the stamina and ability to write at and exceed the age-related standard.
Impact - What difference will it make to our children?
The writing curriculum at Dane Royd Junior and Infant school is high-quality and demonstrates clear progression. Children at Dane Royd can understand and apply the fundamental principles of spelling, punctuation and grammar in their writing. Our children are creative writers, who understand the importance of editing, improving and redrafting their writing. We are preparing our children to be lifelong writers by ensuring that learning is sustained and that the writing skills that they acquire are transferable and travel with them as they grow and develop beyond their school life.
I like writing because I can use my imagination and write about how I feel.
- Samuel, Year 2
Writing lessons are really fun! I love watching short films to inspire what I write.
- Poppy, Year 3
I love writing because I love how creative it lets me be!
- Lucy, Year 5
Want to help at home?
Get talking - getting children to express themselves in conversation is fantastic practice for expressing themselves in writing. Conversation allows children to learn new ideas, vocabulary and grammar. After trying out new language while talking, children are better prepared to use it in their writing.
Read aloud to your child whatever their age. Reading to your child exposes them to new vocabulary, ideas and worlds which will transform their writing.
Provide opportunities for your child to practise their spellings when they are sent home each week.
Find opportunities for your child to write for different purposes, for example, a letter or email to grandparents, shopping lists, recipes, little notes, greeting cards, making little books and stories and keeping a diary.
Celebrate your child’s work and achievements at every possible chance. Promote taking pride in their work.
National Writing Day will be held this year on Thursday 23rd June. This is an annual celebratory project designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. We can’t wait to celebrate this day in School!
Summer Writing Projects
Why not try one of our writing challenges over the summer holiday?
Write and post a holiday postcard
Write an advert about somewhere you have visited recently
Write a diary about your favourite day in the summer holidays
Make a crossword puzzle or word search using new vocabulary you come across as you read
Write a letter to your new teacher telling them all about yourself
Write a poem about Summer
Dane Royd Junior & Infant School