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Writing DNA at Wick

Our vision for writing at Wick CofE Primary School is for our children to use their love and knowledge of quality texts to help them communicate ideas and thoughts about their world and the wider world through a range of writing experiences. Our children will be immersed in the process of writing and this will allow them to develop the confidence and enthusiasm for writing that will take them on to KS3 and beyond.

We use a systematic approach to teaching writing that is built around the principles of immersion, innovation and the writing process. This is a sequence that loops learning towards an end of unit outcome. The sequence runs over three phases and prioritises the explicit teaching of grammar and punctuation appropriate to the age of the children and the text type.

Teachers work to develop independence through gradual release from a scaffold.


How is Writing taught at Wick?





All planning follows 3 plans and depends on the genre you are teaching.  They are delivered through flip charts.  These plans can be found below.  


As well as being taught through the writing teaching sequence and the new vocabulary, spelling is taught through explicit lessons twice a week in Years 2-4 through the Read, Write, Inc. scheme. A new spelling rule is taught every fortnight and children are tested on the rule at the end of the sequence.  Further drip feed lessons and tests are given at the end of the term to embed the rule. At the start of each term copies of the rules and lists of words are sent home via Google classrooms and the class website page. 


Grammar is taught contextually in years 1-6 through the writing teaching sequence and practiced and used within the writing produced. Children are exposed to new grammatical concepts in line with the milestones for their year group. These incorporated into their learning throughout the year and children have opportunities to practice and revisit these regularly. 


Working walls

All writing displays in all classrooms follow the same format.  They will display the book cover and give the title of the book and author.  There will be an area for vocabulary and then the rest of the wall will have the ARE's the children are covering in the unit of learning with modelled examples.  The idea of the wall is that it is used by the teacher to model excellence but also for the children to constantly use to support them in their writing. 


How is Writing assessed at Wick?

We assess writing throughout each lesson and mark the work completed according to our marking policy. When we find that children have not achieved the expected outcome for a lesson, they are given extra support to ensure they keep up with their peers. Children, who are working above the standard, are encouraged to explore their objectives in more depth. They are also given the opportunity to apply their skills in other areas e.g. writing items for the newsletter, match reports, team point reports etc.


Writing is also assessed using the school’s ‘Age Related Expectations’ (AREs) six times a year. From this, we can see any gaps in progress and we can prioritise support for individuals for the following term.

Children are assessed at the end of Years 2 and 6 for the end of Key Stage Statutory Assessments (SATs).


If you would like any more information, please speak to Mrs Bettridge, who is our Writing subject leader or our English governor.


Writing Walls

Remembrance Day Poetry from Woodpeckers class.

Lots of super writing going on in KS1


500 word competition.  Why not enter?

Children are welcome to write a short story at home and submit their entry to the competition for the chance to win the following: “As well attending a spectacular 500 Words Final at Buckingham Palace where superstar celebrities will read the winning stories live on the radio, six amazing illustrators: Tony Ross, Fiona Lumbers, David McKee, Sue Cheung, David Roberts, and Margaret Sturton – will each be set the task of illustrating one of the winning stories.
The winners in each age category will also receive:
Gold Winners - Chris Evans' height in books and 500 books for their school.
Silver Winners - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's height in books.
Bronze Winners - Their own height in books.”
Have a look online to find out more!



Authors visit still making an impact on our writing

Authors Visit

Authors’ Visit
We were so lucky this week to be joined by two local authors Chris Vick and Sophie Kirtley. They gave an inspiring whole school assembly where they shared their writing journeys and what inspires them to write. Later they gave two workshops to years 5 and 6. Here the children were given time to plan a story after choosing a mystery object, whilst being expertly guided to write. The children really enjoyed being given the freedom to write without limitations and all were sad to stop when the session ended! The rest of the school also wrote their own stories and shared some in assembly today. It was wonderful to hear them. Let’s hope this leads to more children really starting to enjoy writing and understanding the joy it can bring.


Inspired KS2 corridor display of writing following our visit to Golden Valley

Writing in Year 3,4,5 and 6