Our intent for writing
At Spurcroft we believe that a high-quality English curriculum is essential in enabling our children to participate fully as a member of society. We aim to foster a lifelong love of language by ensuring our curriculum draws on our rich and varied literacy heritage and equips our children with a strong command of of the spoken and written word. Our ambition is that all children to be able to confidently communicate their ideas.
We want our children to be able to write easily, and fluently showing understanding of writing and grammar knowledge expected in the National Curriculum. As they go through school they become increasingly accurate writers. Pupils learn about and compose writing in different genres and styles, and for a range of purposes and audiences.
At Spurcroft we believe that quality writing will come from engagement in quality texts. The texts in our Book Led Planner have been chosen by teachers to engage our pupils in reading and writing, and contain high quality writing that can be used by puils as a model for their own writing.
We ensure we have included books from a range of different time and cultures and represent our diverse world. In addition to the planned texts to enagage writing, a range of other high-quality texts have been chosen for each year group for story times. This promotes vocabulary development and a love of reading.
Pupils in Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 follow Read Write Inc plans for writing.
How do we teach writing at Spurcroft?
In EYFS and Year 1 our writing Curriculum is taught following the programme of ‘Read Write Inc.’ This is an approved systematic synthetic phonics programme.
Within the writing element of this children are taught from reception to form letters, spell words, use punctuation then develop ideas into sentences. Children move from daily speed sounds lessons initially in reception to following the full ‘Get Writing’ programme where children will ‘hold a sentence’ from a known text which they have read in class then ‘build a sentence’ from their own ideas.
Once a child has completed the Read, Write Inc phonics programme a child will be taught English through a 30 minute daily Guided Reading lesson, followed by a 1 hour English lesson following our ‘Our Book Led Approach’ to the planning of English.
At Spurcroft we believe that quality writing will come from engagement in quality texts. The texts in our Book Led Planner have been chosen by teachers to engage a range of different children. We have regularly reviewed our planner over the last two year to ensure we have included books from a range of different cultures and that will appeal to different children.
In addition to the planned texts a range of other high-quality texts have been chosen for each year group for story times and these are not repeated in year groups across the school.