Writing

Writing at J H Godwin

At J H Godwin, our overarching aim is to equip children with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to communicate fluently and confidently for a range of purposes, and leave school unhindered by reading and writing difficulties. We strive to teach how important reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be in the real world so that our pupils understand the value of English to them now and in their futures.

 

We recognise that being able to write well is vital for a child’s prospects at school and in life. We are determined to teach every child to write regardless of social and economic circumstances, ethnicity, language spoken at home, and most special educational needs or disabilities. We recognise how language skills are a critical factor in social disadvantage and prioritise closing the speech, language and communication gap.

 

We aim to ensure all of our children develop a genuine love of language and the written word through taking a text-based approach to teaching writing.

 

We teach children to write like a reader, enabling them to:

  • think about the impact their writing will have on the reader and how they can achieve this;
  • have a sophisticated bank of vocabulary and techniques to extend details and description;
  • structure and organise writing for different purposes and genres and include a variety of sentence structures;
  • display excellent transcription skills that ensure writing is well presentence, punctuated, spelled correctly and neat;
  • re-read, edit and improve writing to every piece is the best of their ability and better than their last.

 

How do we teach writing at J H Godwin?

From Year 1 to Year 6, we teach the statutory curriculum for writing through  Literacy Counts’ carefully constructed text-based ‘Read to Write’ units.

In Reception, we also teach writing through Read to Write units but constructed against the reformed Early Years Foundation Curriculum and Development Matters 2021. The units have been developed specifically to support children on their writing journey towards the Literacy Early Learning Goals.

 

Each unit is driven by an engaging, vocabulary-rich vehicle text which our wider school curriculum is then linked to. We particularly understand how reading and writing are intrinsically linked - our reading sessions supplement the texts used in English lessons; reading skills are re-enforced in writing sessions.

 

Our writing curriculum is ambitious — the model texts linked to the vehicle text and any teacher modelling is pitched at a greater depth level. At J H Godwin, all children have exposure to, and have the potential to be lifted to, that high standard.

 

By taking a text-based approach, we give the children the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, socially and spiritually, enabling them to both acquire knowledge and build on what they already know. 

 

There are 6 half termly units per year group with a wealth of writing opportunities in each. There is a heavy emphasis on vocabulary learning and contextualized spelling, grammar and punctuation.

 

There is a clear sequence of learning, leading to two extended pieces of writing per half term: a narrative and a non-fiction piece. 

Year 1 - 6:

Immerse:

  • immersion in vehicle text;
  • purpose, audience and form determined;
  • text enjoyed, explored and responded to.

Analyse:

  • model text (linked to writing outcomes within unit) read and explored;
  • familiarisation with text structures;
  • familiarisation with language features;
  • Writer Hints (where effect has been created) explored and collected.

Plan

  • ideas gathered;
  • writing planned.

Write

  • modelled and guided writing;
  • application of writers’ skills and knowledge;
  • independent writing & draft, revision and editing.

 

Reception:

Reception follow a teaching sequence of:

  • Jump In
  • Look
  • Plan
  • Write

The progressive units provide opportunities for contextualised applicaton of the children's growing grapheme phoneme correspondance.Writer's knowledge is linked to EYFS Expectations and Development Matters, ensuring the expectations for children at the end of EYFS are reached. Enabling environments support child-initiated writing for a range of purposes and linked to themes explored in the units.

 

 

See below for the immersive and engaging texts we use to teach Writing at J H Godwin.