At South Parade we are committed to ensuring our children are confident writers.
Learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. Good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world.
Writing requires children to put together lots of elements of their English learning: spelling and phonics, handwriting, SPaG and reading.
As a school we have had full training on the Jane Considine 'The Write Stuff' approach. As a starting point a teacher from each key stage trialled the approach and modified it to suit the needs of our learners. We have made this bespoke to our school, our teachers and our children. This approach starts in the summer term of year 1.
For our EYFS pupils and pupils entering year 1, we focus on the fundamental basics of writing and ensuring those elements are secure.
The Write Stuff is based on two guiding principles; teaching sequences that slide between experience days and sentence stacking lessons. With modelling at the heart of them, the sentence stacking lessons are broken into bite-sized chunks and taught under the structural framework of The Writing Rainbow. Teachers prepare children for writing by modelling the ideas, grammar or techniques of writing.
Throughout the school we teach regular, discrete, high quality lessons on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
The National Curriculum requires children to write to a high standard using advanced and sophisticated features. Children are also expected to identify technical aspects of their writing.
The glossary below provides a detailed explanation of the SPaG terminology featured in the Primary curriculum.