Writing and SPaG
Implementation - English at Wath Central
Reading into Writing
At Central carefully chosen texts are placed at the heart of our English Learning Journey and we use these texts as vehicles to steer reading into writing. The exploration of writing for a range of purposes and specific genres in an integral part of each journey. The exposure to a quality models and examples of writing allows children to identify the features and the writing styles that they will need to include in their own writing. As children move up through school a higher emphasis is also placed on the purpose and audience of the writing they are completing. We place high importance on the children learning skills in a meaningful context. Therefore, the teaching of appropriate SPaG skills when writing are interwoven into the learning journey so children are developing these skills in context creating a more meaningful learning experience. In order to create reflective writers we incorporate editing and redrafting sessions into a learning journey so children can evaluate their work.
SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) skills
We place high importance on the children learning skills in a meaningful context. Therefore, the majority of teaching of appropriate SPaG skills when writing are interwoven into the learning journey so children are developing these skills in context creating a more meaningful learning experience. These skills are closely matched with the features of the different texts types and children the exposure to quality models showing these skills have been used help children to apply these skills appropriately to their own writing. We recognise that spelling is a complex skill and an important part of writing. The teaching of spelling is linked into English lessons and across the curriculum, in addition to the discrete teaching of spelling. We support children to develop knowledge as well as flexible and efficient strategies that children can draw upon when learning to spell unfamiliar words.
Alongside developing the contents of the children’s writing we support children’s written presentation. The children will develop skills including the shape, size and orientation of letters before moving onto using the approach strokes to help join their letters together. These basic skills are taught regularly and the expectations are carried across all areas of writing in the curriculum.
Writing Through School
As writing is an integral part of most subjects in the curriculum we ensure that our children are given plentiful opportunities to communicate their ideas across the curriculum. We offer a range of cross curricular writing opportunities through different subjects.
We enrich our children’s experience of writing by taking part in many activities throughout the school year. Some of these are listed below:
Author visits – We encourage author visits into school to spark imagination and creativity in children. These offer our children exciting opportunities to meet the people behind the words and illustrations of a book. We have also linked up to authors using social medial to enhance the teaching of texts in class or linked to our concept curriculum.
Creative writing competitions – We take part in our academy trust writing creative writing competitions where children complete a piece of writing based on a theme. We are proud that a number of our children had their entries chosen to be published in an anthology alongside other the other winners.
The Engineer projects – Each groups of children at Central take part in the Engineers project. This is a perfect example of how we integrate writing across the curriculum and for a real life purpose. The project involves children having to write a supporting letter of explanation about their product design.