As writing is a means of expression, both for personal cognitive purposes and for communicating with others, teaching children to write with confidence, fluency, imagination and accuracy is at the core of our curriculum at St Peter and St Paul. In order to achieve this, we follow Talk for Writing as a whole school process for the teaching of English.
From their first days with us, to their last, the children are immersed in wealth of wonderful writing. Central to the approach is the principle that the children must be able to say what they want to write. We use drama, games and story maps to help the children learn stories, vocabulary and sentence structures. Teachers act as expert models of the writing process in shared writing sessions. Moving through the phases of imitation, innovation and independent application, allows the children to continually cycle through supported and independent writing opportunities to write a range of different story and text types. Talk for Writing, supports the children to develop their confidence in writing and see themselves as authors.
In Key Stage One, we are currently focusing on description.
Year 1, have been exploring Where the wild Things Are to help them write their own character flaw stories. Year 2, have been reading Jack and the Baked Beanstalk and have been writing their own rags to riches tales. Both year groups are currently learning about information texts using these stories as a base and will soon be writing their own information texts.