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'Why is writing important? Writing crystallises your ideas. It preserves them for others. It reveals the facets of your thinking. Good writing is creating a gem for others to discover.' Jane Considine

Our intent at Heartwood is that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing. We want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn.

We want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

We believe that all pupils should take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a neat, joined, handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school.

We believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process.

 

Teachers in EYFS…coming soon

 

Teachers in Key Stages One and Two plan using ‘The Write Stuff’.

The Write Stuff is based on two guiding principles; teaching sequences that slide between experience days and sentence stacking lessons. With modelling at the heart of them, the sentence stacking lessons are broken into bite-sized chunks and taught under the structural framework of The Writing Rainbow. Teachers prepare children for writing by modelling the ideas, grammar or techniques of writing.

For our children at Heartwood it is essential that we include quality experience days as part of our writing curriculum in order for our children to be able to write from experience. We strive for our children to reach their potential and to do this we model each learning chunk, explicitly showing the writing process for each sentence.

Each Write Stuff unit, which is centered around a text, is chosen carefully by each teacher by looking at the included objectives, and knows where they need to take their class next in their writing journey.

Teachers also plan in one or two discrete grammar lessons per unit.

 

We have chosen to implement and embed ‘The Write Stuff’ at Heartwood as it has significantly increased our children’s vocabulary, it focuses on quality writing being modelled throughout the lesson, includes ‘experience days’ which are extremely important for our children, and has a focus on children editing and improving their own work.

 

Enrichment

Children meet with authors annually (in person or virtually) to promote writing and a love of writing.

The children in Key Stage 2 are working with the National Centre for Writing and in 2022 will be taking part in a heritage project.

The project aims to give pupils a greater depth of understanding of what heritage means – in terms of historic places and community heritage by visiting Dragon Hall. They will appreciate the diversity of the medieval quarter of Norwich, and the contribution the Bengali community has made to the area. They will learn creative skills for thinking and writing about their own personal narratives, appreciating their value and feeling proud to share their poems with their peers.

 

Covid Recovery

In response to the potential impact of the pandemic on writing we have implemented The Write Stuff to really focus on improving vocabulary. Additional grammar lessons are planned and taught and adults explicitly model throughout each lesson.

 

Making a Difference

 

National Curriculum

Link to EYFS

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study

 

Spelling 

We use the Read Write Inc approach to teaching spelling which compliments and works in succession with our approach to teaching early reading. 

 

 

 

Handwriting 

At Heartwood, before we teach children to form letters correctly, we ensure that we develop their pre-writing skills: oral communication, developing an interest in reading, immersing in a print rich environment, being able to hold a pencil correctly and building strength in their hands. We follow the Read Write Inc approach to teaching handwriting.

Please see our policy below. 

 

 

Implementing Writing

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