Children are given regular opportunities to write for a purpose, using the wider topic to give a context. Specific text types are taught, using quality text as a model to develop children’s understanding of the genre; the structural and language features of the text are analysed and basic skills teaching of punctuation and grammar ensure that children are well prepared for their own composition.
Extension of children’s vocabulary is a key priority and every opportunity is taken to advance this important area. Teacher modelling is an integral part of ensuring that children are prepared for their own compositions, as are talk for writing techniques.
Standardised planning frames are used across school. The learning environment supports children to learn – ‘working walls’ help to consolidate child’s understanding of prior learning.
Detailed marking of extended writing with improvement prompts, and one-to-one writing conferences, support children in taking their learning forward.
As well as the main text type, children apply their understanding of previously taught genres during their topic work, thus ensuring text types are regularly revised. Additional basic skills sessions, including spelling and handwriting, are planned. These are specific to the needs of classes, groups and individuals.