Our writing vision:
At Mexborough St John, we aim to provide a high quality writing curriculum which will allow pupils to speak, read and write fluently so they are ready for the next stage of their education by the time they leave primary school.
Our curriculum reflects our school vision. We promote a novel study approach and a high quality text is used as the driver for each writing unit. We then use a variety of writing techniques and grammar teaching throughout a unit. Throughout the pupil’s journey in primary school, we provide them with a range of opportunities to learn and apply writing skills across the curriculum. We start with relentlessly high expectations to ensure pupils are closing the gap, improving and becoming successful, resilient writers. By the time pupils leave Mexborough St John, we aim to ensure they are proficient, independent writers.
Implementation (How we teach writing at MSJ):
At Mexborough St John the Baptist, we use the novel study approach when teaching writing. Our reading spine outlines class novels. These may be linked to our wider curriculum or a standalone challenging text. The text is the hook for all writing opportunities and all English lessons include an element of reading part of the story. By using this approach, all aspects of the English curriculum are taught through the text and pupils use and apply skills and understanding in spelling and grammar, reading and writing to make accelerated progress.
Pupils are taught through writing purposes. In Key Stage One, children focus on writing to entertain and writing to inform to allow them to embed the core writing skills and grammar knowledge. In Lower Key Stage Two, children embed writing to entertain and inform as well as introducing writing to persuade. In Upper Key Stage Two, children continue to embed these skills with the addition of writing to discuss. A range of text types are included throughout the teaching sequence covering both fiction and non-fiction.
Writing is purposeful so that pupils understand the context and the audience that their writing is for.
Writing is promoted from the Early Years at Mexborough St John. Our F1 provision uses dough disco as well as ‘squiggle while you wiggle’ before using the summer term to prepare for writing in F2. Pupils develop their fine motor skills in order to hold a pencil correctly. Pupils are then shown how to form letters. They are given many opportunities to write within the learning environment. Pupils are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge to write simple CVC and CCVC words which will lead into them writing simple sentences.