Writing and Grammar
We teach writing on a two weekly cycle. Each cycle is based on a different genre, or style of writing. In all writing cycles, our emphasis is always on writing for purpose, with an audience in mind. We usually begin with 'hooks for writing' - activities which draw children into the genre and raise questions about it. As children work through a writing cycle, they generate a 'working wall' of examples and learning in their class, so that they constantly have high-quality models of the genre available to them.
The first week of the cycle is focused on engaging with the genre as a reader. This involves immersing children in appropriate texts. They engage in short, specific writing bursts, enabling feedback, further reading and structured follow up activities to help them improve. This process involves lots of drama, role-play and talk, helping our children to live, visualise and explore the genre they are studying. This includes explicit teaching and practice of relevant grammar (see our Grammar and Spelling Progression Map for more detail). For younger children or early writers, word and language games are incorporated here. In the second week the focus is on engaging in the genre as a writer. Pupils begin to write longer pieces and engage in the effects writers have had on their readers and the mechanisms used to achieve these.
Children engage in modelled writing and joint composition with their teacher. This leads to an independent extended write with planning and editing opportunities both before and after.
Once a half term, pupils publish a piece of extended writing in a personal journal which grows with them through school.