To support pupils’ ability to apply their skills effectively, they are challenged to adapt their language and style for different contexts, purposes and audiencesHowever, writing effectively in nearly all contexts and genre is a complex skill which involves many facets (composite knowledge). Therefore, to make these complex skills accessible, our plans for the curriculum aim to break them down into small (component) steps which are taught sequentially and then recombined to build pupils’ understanding and ability to perform complex writing skills. By adopting this approach, our curriculum aims to be inclusive and provide age appropriate access to virtually all pupils.
acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and punctuation and a sound knowledge of being able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they have learnt. These are all vital, fundamental components of writing.
In addition, we believe that all pupils should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a good, joined, handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school.
We also believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time. To develop independence, children are provided with a framework that highlights pertinent learning expectations. Each unit of work is communicated as a learning journey. Pupils are made aware of intended learning outcomes for the unit at the beginning of this journey. Within units of work, teachers will skilfully and insightfully plan sequences of lessons that build the component knowledge needed to write in the genre. For each step of the journey, teachers will provide pupils with success criteria. Pupils are encouraged to use these to reflect on their progress and to identify their own areas for improvement, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process.
This plan aims to set out the genres to be taught (which are complex composite skills) and much of the component knowledge needed to able to write effectively within these genre.