Subject - English writing
ENGLISH – WRITING
Why do we teach what we teach? (Our intent)
At Oak Green, we believe that writing gives you the ability to think, communicate, and make connections with the wider world. We aim to develop self-assured, fluent and enthusiastic writers who can adeptly write an engaging story or information text, and feel free to express themselves by writing an original poem. We ensure that pupils leave Oak Green able to write confidently in Standard English, where pen-skills are good and handwriting is neat, and spellings and punctuation are accurate. We want our pupils to know how to adapt their writing style so that they actively engage with the reader, and are able to take the reader on a captivating journey with them, regardless of the type of text (story, factual, poem, play script) written.
How do we teach it? (Our implementation)
- Pupils at Oak Green follow the ‘Talk4Writing’ programme to become Awesome Authors! Pupils are inspired to write by learning high quality ‘model texts’ which contain rich and ambitious language and fully immerse the children in a variety of genres.
- As part of the writing craft (composition), during the English lesson pupils are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing; writing is a progression of skills that start as soon as pupils picks up a pencil or crayon at home, and is something that is honed over a period of time. Pupils are taught to use this skill whenever they write, in all subject areas.
- Effective composition involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar, the latter being taught and fully embedded within English lessons and referred to when writing cross curricular. Paragraphing and grouping of ideas are specifically taught from Y3-Y6.
- Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words. Oak Green follows the RWI programme for spelling and teachers consolidate this within English lessons and the use of spelling shed for home learning.
- At Oak Green, writing is taught across the curriculum in all subjects and there are clear expectations of presentation and letter formation; writing depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting. In Year R-Year 6, handwriting is taught within lessons; pen licenses are issued to mark the transition from the use of pencil to pen when children in KS2 have shown that they are able to write neatly and with accuracy, across all subject areas.
- Following the Talk4Writing programme, all pupils write for a purpose and regularly write extended pieces of writing in order to build pace and stamina for writing- this will take place either at the end of a unit of learning, or when a long piece of writing is required in a non-core subject.
What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)
Our pupils develop and flourish as creative writers at Oak Green and are able to write confidently in a range of fiction and non-fiction genres, using varied and rich language. They are able to evaluate their own writing and identify areas for improvement. As writing for a purpose is key, pupils are engaged and enthusiastic about what they write. By the end of Y6, pupils are resilient writers who question and challenge their own achievements in writing, demonstrating a resourceful nature and self -sufficiency. As a result, Oak Green can demonstrate high standards in writing: consistently performing at above national and Buckinghamshire averages.