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 express themselves adeptly for a range of purposes, using rich and varied language, evaluating and making improvements along the way. Through a breadth of genres, we enable our students to achieve their best within the National Curriculum and our wider curriculum offer such as exploring the historical and cultural context of literature. We ensure that our pupils are immersed in a wealth of texts and the experiences that enable them to understand them and develop their writing skills. We have ensured our curriculum for writing supports the needs and diversity of the community in which we serve. We aim for all pupils to leave Oak Green as well rounded individuals with a passion for writing.
How do we teach it? (Our implementation)
- We use the writing programme ‘Ready Steady Write’ following the overviews for each year group
- It is taught 4 days per week for one hour from year 1 to Year 6
- The basic structure is as follows: immerse, analyse, plan, write
- There are 2 writing outcomes in each unit with approximately 13 lessons. Each unit lasts half a term. Each aspect can last between 1 and 5 lessons
- Each session begins with a sentence accuracy task to allow a sentence level focus and a solid teaching of grammar. This is then followed by essential teaching which focuses on a specific text and involves key questions and teacher modelling. Following this, pupils then complete a task which might be independent or guided. The lesson concludes with a plenary reflecting on learning.
- All classrooms have an appealing reading area which reflects the current vehicle text and a working wall that is used as part of every lesson.
- Work is mostly recorded in English books following the school’s presentation and marking policy.
- 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 from Year R to Year 4 and Spelling Shed for Years 5 & 6 with teachers consolidating this within English lessons.
- Writing skills are modelled and applied across the whole curriculum and there are clear expectations of presentation and letter formation; writing depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting. In Year R-Year 6, cursive handwriting is taught within lessons as well as being timetabled weekly for Year R- Year 2. In KS2 it is practised during early work sessions. The transition from the use of pencil to pen occurs when children in KS2 have shown that they are able to write neatly and with accuracy, across all subject areas.
What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)
When pupils leave Oak Green they have experienced a wealth of immersive opportunities linked to a wide range of texts, allowing them to develop their writing skills. Exposure to rich and varied language enables pupils to move into the wider world being able to express themselves through a range of media. Pupils are passionate about writing and achieve well following the National Curriculum and wider Oak Green curriculum.