Writing at St Paul’s
Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum at St Paul’s. By the end of Year Six we intend our children to have developed a love of writing and to be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through the written word. We also intend to create writers who can re-read, edit and improve their own writing, and enable pupils to be able to confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. At St Paul’s, we set high expectations for all our children to take pride in their work and have a fluent, cursive handwriting style alongside allowing their imaginations to flourish.
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
In order to help us to develop confident, enthusiastic writers who can express themselves in a variety of different styles and across a variety of contexts, our teaching of writing is often cross circular and linked to our class topics. This provides our children with regular opportunities to write for a range of purposes and audiences. Writing tasks are specific and meaningful, and often meet a purpose to engage children and to illustrate how their writing skills can be applied to real life contexts. Teachers set each child a personalised target which relates to the ten “Key Performance Indicators” (KPI’s) specific to each year group to ensure progress and target areas for support.
Children learn spellings at home each week and these are tested in school. Additionally, spelling is taught daily in Key Stage 1, in Phonics lessons, and weekly in key Stage 2. Children who need additional support with spelling receive a variety of interventions that are tailored to address their gaps.
The educationalist Alan Peat devised a number of sentence types which have been proven to enhance progress and attainment in children’s writing. We teach these throughout the school, begiing in year 1 with “2A sentences” (sentences that contain two adjectives before a noun) and culminating in year 6 with the “Noun, who, which, where sentence” (a sentence with an embedded relative clause.
Pupils will make good progress from their own personal starting points. By the end of Year Six they will be able to write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our pupils will acquire a wide vocabulary and have a strong command of the written word. Most importantly, they will develop a love of writing and be well equipped for the rest of their education.