Writing is an integral part of our curriculum and is taught through firstly, the delivery of our RWI and spelling sessions where our children learn the necessary skills to spell words quickly and accurately and secondly in our daily English lessons. Here, our children apply the skills they have learnt during phonics/spelling so that they are able to articulate their ideas and structure them in speech and writing. In addition, our pupils are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing through interesting and purposeful lessons. Daily grammar lessons allow children to build up a repertoire of punctuation and grammar tools that they can apply in their writing.
Each class (Y1 – Y6) will complete:
- Monday to Friday, bi-weekly, the children begin their day with a twenty-minute Grammar session, which allows them to practise different grammatical features that have been previously taught. This time allows the children to discuss their answers and identify any misconceptions. Any areas identified form the basis of grammar lessons later that day.
- a short daily piece of writing linked to the reading and analysing phase of the teaching sequence linked to topic or text;
- an extended piece of writing which has followed on from a read to write process. This will be assessed using the end of year expectation assessment sheets.
Through experience of different types of writing, the children will:
• derive an interest and pleasure from writing,
• express their thoughts, feelings and opinions in writing,
• show logical thought in planning and editing,
• be able to direct and instruct through writing,
• write for a clear purpose,
• write for a variety of audiences,
• transmit information,
• write coherently,
• write imaginatively.
Careful cross curricular writing opportunities are planned for to ensure that our children are able to practise and apply the writing skills which they acquire during structured English lessons across a variety of other subjects.
Speaking, listening and drama activities are inbuilt into the various phases of the reading and writing process to enhance and deepen understanding. Nursery - Year 3 incorporate a 'Talk for Writing' approach alongside high quality texts. The 'Chatta' storyboard approach to sequence sentences is also used across the school from Nursery - Year 6.
Handwriting is taught frequently throughout, using Linacre's bespoke Handwriting policy. Pupils in Reception - Year 2 follow the letter formation as set out in the Read, Write, Inc Phonics programme.
High quality texts are the main driver of the English curriculum to allow for opportunities to read for pleasure and to model and stimulate the children's writing. Where appropriate, other curriculum subjects are used to extend writing opportunities in a range of genres.
Reading is at the heart of the Early Years and KS1 curriculum. Daily phonics sessions are delivered to all children in Nursery - Year 2 following the Read, Write Inc Phonics Programme. Lessons are interactive, practical and stimulating. Reading sessions for parents are delivered across the school to ensure parents are able to support effectively at home. Year 2 - Year 6 follow the Reciprocal Read approach to reading. Pupils have opportunities to predict, clarify key vocabulary, answer questions and summarise. This enables the children to become confident, independent readers.
Teaching of reading is timetabled daily in all year groups. These sessions have a clear focus and ensure the wider skills of reading are taught. There are opportunities for children to read silently and complete reading related tasks independently each week. The children are read to at the end of each day by the Class Teacher. Every Thursday, both the children and staff members participate in 'R&R' (Relax and Read). This aims to promote the love and importance of reading.