Our aim is that all our pupils will become confident, competent writers and develop their own authentic writing voices. Writing gives children a way to effectively communicate with others; to share their ideas, thoughts, emotions, cultural identity and express who they are. Through a text-rich writing curriculum, underpinned by our REAL Projects, we expose children to new worlds, experiences and ideas, expanding their vocabulary and their horizons. Our choice of texts both value and confirm who our pupils are and where they come from, and introduce them to cultural and social contexts beyond those they are familiar with. Spoken language is promoted throughout the curriculum and across all subjects. Spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation are promoted throughout all writing opportunities.
Writing opportunities are fully planned and embedded into each term’s REAL Project (examples of curriculum maps can be found in the Curriculum Intent section of our website). Following immersion in a high-quality text, writing skills are carefully modelled. Key genre-based spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation skills are taught and short-burst writing opportunities allow the children opportunities to practise and rehearse these skills. As the children become more confident writers, each extended piece of writing follows the full writing process (Appendix A). Children are encouraged to edit and redraft their work after self and peer critique opportunities.