Our intent is to develop writers who can write effectively for a range of purposes. We do this by ensuring that our writing curriculum is broad with pupils reading, analysing and then composing their own portfolio of writing. They know what makes a good piece of writing so can edit and improve their own work. There are links between subjects so that their writing is meaningful.
We know our children well and our curriculum is designed with them, and only them, in mind. To this end we ensure that our children benefit from as many first hand experiences as possible. This allows them to apply these to their abstract leaning. We systematically develop their vocabulary and language through the direct teaching of new words and ensure opportunities for them to apply and consolidate this learning.
The Writing Curriculum
The children at St Joseph’s experience a rich and broad writing curriculum which covers all genres of poetry, fiction and non-fiction in a progressive and structured manner. We ensure writing is purposeful and use opportunities across the whole curriculum to apply and hone the children’s skills. Writing is taught systematically; immersing the children in the genre. We do this by:
- Familarisation (Exposure to many samples of a writing genre)
- Problem-solving (Exploring text genre)
- Modelled writing (Writing for Children)
- Shared writing (Writing with children)
- Guided writing (Writing with/by children)
- Independent writing (Writing by children)
- Editing writing (Children improve their writing)
- Publishing writing (The children present their writing for the relevant audience)
As learners develop as writers, they demonstrate that they can:
• engage their reader(s)
• adapt their writing to suit the audience and purpose of the piece
• use grammatical and stylistic features to ensure clarity, achieve the right tone and create particular effects
• use a range of sentence structures
• organise their writing, linking ideas coherently and using paragraphs effectively
• choose and use appropriate vocabulary
• use punctuation to clarify meaning
• use a range of strategies to enable them to spell correctly
• present their writing appropriately, either by hand or by using information and communication technology (ICT).
We have developed a school writing criteria based on statutory guidance to assess pupils within each year group. Please see our document below to explore St Joseph’s assessment framework for writing.
We have a systematic long term plan for the teaching of grammar throughout the school. This is taught explicitly in dedicated Grammar lessons and then applied in context through reading and writing lessons.
We use 'No-Nonsense Spelling' to teach children spelling rules and patterns in their year group.
In Reception and Year 1, we use Essential Letters and Sounds to teach phonics. Within the scheme, there are 'Harder to Read and Spell Words' which don't follow reading and spelling rules which have been taught so far.
We also follow the National Curriculum and teach Common Exception Words (KS1) and the Statutory Word Lists (KS2).
Please find below the word lists associated with each year group.