Rationale for the teaching of Writing at Wick
At Wick we believe that learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. Good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world. Writing makes a significant contribution to the development of children as thinkers and learners and independence, creativity and individuality is encouraged.
How is Writing taught at Wick?
At Wick, children are given regular opportunities to write to inform, persuade and entertain through daily lessons. These are based around a key text, which can, where appropriate, be linked to the term’s topic or Science work. Whilst studying these texts, they will write fiction, non-fiction and sometimes poetry. In each of the units, children will be introduced to a model of excellence (WAGOLL) to show the expectation for the piece of work. Within the unit grammar and spelling objectives will be introduced. As part of each unit, new vocabulary is also introduced through spelling lessons and the Model of Excellence. The meanings are investigated and the children are expected to use it in their writing. Each classroom has a Literacy learning Wall where key learning examples are displayed as a tool for the children to use. All types of writing taught are practised at appropriate opportunities in other areas of the curriculum. IN EYFS children are taught to form their letters using pre-cursive so that in year 1 they are ready to join. Handwriting is practised in all classes to ensure presentation is of a high standard.
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, either during assembly time or the next lesson. Children who are above the standard are given extra goals and encouraged to attend a lunchtime writing club. They are also given the opportunity to apply their skills in other areas e.g. writing items for the newsletter.
Writing is also assessed using the school’s ‘Age Related Expectations’ (AREs) 6 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.