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Writing at Spurcroft:

It is our intent to develop our children into articulate, coherent and interesting writers, able to adapt their language and style to suit a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process. Teachers use tools such as child friendly success ladders to allow the children to identity their target areas for improvement. We aim for children to challenge themselves in lessons and take responsibility for their own learning through working hard and asking appropriate questions. We aim for our English lessons to give children the skills which will be relevant to their futures in giving them the foundation skills such as the ability to communicate, whether in written or verbal form, to prepare them for a future life in a 21st century workforce.


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 children. We ensure we have included books from a range of different cultures at age-appropriate levels. 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 supports further vocabulary development and promotes reading enrichment.

The Writing Process

At Spurcroft Primary School, we follow the cycle of a process approach to pupils learning to plan, draft, revise, edit and publish their writing, and practising these processes. This will develop pupils’ proficiency over time. Alongside this we also teach explicit instruction about writing knowledge eg. grammar taught specifically within each year group. 


Our aim is for children to master the craft of writing to allow for independent application of language patterns and text features from using a shared example as a stimulus to their own writing. Our aim is to encourage our children to become confident and self-improving writers.


We aim to select high quality texts with careful consideration of the independent application stage. Teachers will carry out initial assessments through using ‘Cold Writes’ with the children to understand their starting points. These allow children to make progress on the types of language and grammar features required in the unit by teachers deliberately building in opportunities for the children to practise the required skills before their improved ‘Hot Write’.


Progression of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling across the school