Children learn to write during English lessons and then apply what they have learnt in all other subjects and in their life in general.
Learning to write does not just mean learning to handwrite. We think about a range of different areas:
We teach children how to use their phonics awareness to spell a wide range of words. Also, we teach them how to transcribe whole sentences using the correct punctuation choices.
We teach children to write their own texts, considering the purpose and audience and using features that are consistent with that type of text - for example, making a set of instructions look like instructions and also making them work. This includes style, tense choices, text structure (including paragraphing) and overall impact. We also teach them to evaluate and edit their work.
Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
We teach children how to create grammatically sound sentences, ranging from short simple sentences to complex sentences that have to be accurately punctuated using a range of types of punctuation. They need to be able to talk about grammar and punctuation using the correct terminology and know how they can use it for effect in their writing. We also have a focus on broadening children's expressive and technical vocabulary across the curriculum.
We teach children to form letters correctly and then to join them in a consistent way to form a clear and effective handwriting style.
Breadth of Study
When we teach English, we look at a wide range of texts and styles of writing. This gives children a range of experience in their learning and also helps to keep the learning interesting. Lessons are organised into units of work, usually lasting about 2 weeks, which focus on particular types of text.
Fiction units include: Stories with familiar settings; Traditional stories; Stories from fantasy worlds; Extended stories; Stories by significant authors; Myths and legends; Stories which raise issues; Adventure and mystery; Dramatic conventions; Film narrative.
Non-fiction units include: Information texts; Instructions; Recount; Explanations; Persuasive texts; Argument; Reports; Biography/autobiography; Journalistic writing.
We also cover poetry, studying poems of different structure and shapes, poems from different points in history, funny poems and poems which raise issues.