Writing at Freeman’s Endowed C of E Junior Academy
Writing is taught through daily English lessons within classes which is taught in an engaging way by linking to other topics when seen necessary. We focus on teaching the children how to write a variety of different genres within both fiction and non-fiction. This is often taught through drama as a starting point or linked to a certain text and will then lead to larger pieces of writing. Editing skills are actively taught in every year group which allows children to take ownership of their learning within this subject.
Grammar and spelling is actively taught within daily English lessons, however separate lessons are allocated to these subjects to ensure full coverage. Spelling is taught regularly through RWInc spelling scheme which involves completing a range of activities around a certain spelling rule particularly recognise how prefixes and suffixes can affect the spelling of a word. Grammar will often be taught separately to children once a week however this can differ depending on the nature of the topic taught.
At Freeman’s, children will develop a range of skills in writing which meet the national curriculum standards, including developing composition, by planning, drafting, writing, evaluating and editing. They will improve their transcription by using dictionaries and analysing other texts and will develop their vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in a variety of ways, but particularly by using good quality model texts.
A large part of a writer’s imagination and vocabulary is built through reading, therefore it is imperative that children access a wide range of reading, both in and out of school. This could include a range of fiction and non-fiction books in the library, to reading recipes, newspapers or a set of instructions for example to ensure they are immersed into a wide range of language which will in turn improve grammatical knowledge. Writing for pleasure is also important, therefore encouraging children to use their imaginations when writing about something they may have experienced out of school can develop skills and improve engagement back in the classroom.