Writing

Writing
Children learn to write by being introduced to a variety of different texts and styles of writing. Fiction writing includes traditional tales, adventure stories, quests, and myths and legends. Non-fiction includes explanations, instructions, leaflets and persuasive writing. Each term there is a different fiction, non - fiction and poetry unit of work taught in each class.

All children use a programme called “Talk for Writing”. It encourages them to talk about, listen, discuss ideas and read different types of text to develop their writing. The writing process is split up into 3 stages;

Imitation
The teacher creates a memorable, meaningful version of the text type being taught. The children learn this version through story maps, washing lines, oral retelling games and drama. Then the children learn the features and structure of the text through sentence games and activities, and finally through annotating and boxing up of the text. All steps are displayed in the classroom on a Working Wall.

Innovation
Once the children are familiar with the original text, they use it as a basis for creating something new - writing their own version. New information needs to be gathered through note taking, books, internet research, interviewing visitors and experts and using trips to gather information. During this stage it is important to keep playing spelling, drama and sentence games. Teachers use shared and guided writing to show the whole process to the children from gathering information, boxing it up into paragraphs, drafting and crafting sentences, rereading and final editing. Finally the children are ready to independently write their own versions.

Independent Application
At this final stage our teachers begin to look for opportunities to revisit and apply what has been learned into other areas of the curriculum such as Science or our Challenge Curriculum.

Drama and Art with the MAEI (Manchester Arts Education Initiative)
At Claremont we believe that drama and Arts are integral to children being successful confident learners who enjoy writing. Throughout the year, every class works with a professional artist on a project relating to their Curriculum topic.

Spelling
In Reception and KS1 children learn letter sounds and how to put them together to read words, and also how to break up words into sounds for spelling. These lessons are for 20 minutes every day. After learning letter sounds they move onto learning to read and spell words with more than 1 sound in them. This is the first step of spelling.

In KS2 children move on to a programme called Support for Spelling which helps them learn all the spelling rules and high frequency words. Each year group has a list of rules and words they are expected to know by the end of the year.

Click here for an overview of progression in spelling

Grammar and Punctuation
Grammar and punctuation is taught as a daily standalone lesson and is carefully integrated into both writing and guided reading lessons.

Click here for the grammar and punctuation scheme of work.

Handwriting
This year we have introduced a new cursive joined handwriting style. This is taught to all children and is already having a positive impact on improving their letter formations and presentation.