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 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 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.
We have chosen to use novels linked to our history and geography topics as a driver in our English lessons, in order to foster pupils’ interests in writing, by providing them with a real context and purpose to their writing. We hope that by having a book-led English curriculum, we can evoke emotion and generate thought provoking, powerful discussions and that this in turn will enhance the children’s writing. We intend to use ‘meaty’ 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. In addition to this, 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.
All in all, we plan to ensure that the children at Dane Royd receive a well-rounded English curriculum, which stands them in good stead for their future adult life.
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.
Writing is mostly taught through the use of high-quality texts, which are chosen by the class teacher, taking into consideration the history and geography topic and the class teacher’s own reading interests.
The teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar skills is woven into the writing lessons, in order to ensure that the children are applying their SPAG skills appropriately. Punctuation and grammar skills are taught in a logical, progressive sequence within each year group. Teachers use the punctuation and grammar progression map as a tool to plan writing outcomes that will lend themselves well to the writing skill that they intend for the children to develop. At Dane Royd, we know the value of excellent vocabulary, and this is developed and practiced across our English curriculum.
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 such as entering national writing competitions and writing poetry to share at a poetry recital. 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.
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. Our curriculum provides regular opportunities for children to apply the writing skills that they have acquired in English, which aids the children in understanding and remembering more of what they are taught. 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.