Our aim to ensure all pupils enjoy writing through making it purposeful, engaging and by giving the pupils an audience. Through our carefully planned curriculum, pupils are exposed to a wide range of writing styles progressively to ensure they are confident with a range of genres. By linking our writing to our topic for that half term, pupils become engrossed in the facts and the knowledge they have learnt and can therefore concentrate on learning, embedding and refining the key skills for effective writing.
Writing Skills Progression
At Elm Academy Writing is carefully and sequentially planned so pupils have the opportunity to build on and develop skills they have learnt in previous years. This ensures pupils are supported to remember key skills and develop their cumulative knowledge to enable secure and progressive learning. SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) is purposefully linked to the genre of writing that pupils are completing and is taught discretely as part of the writing unit to ensure pupils have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a real life context. Ongoing assessment and revisiting of prior learning ensures teachers give the pupils the opportunity to close any gaps and to move on to the next skill securely.
By ensuring that there is a purpose for writing, our pupils are consistently engaged and eager to ensure they are producing work to the best standard possible.
We believe pupils should have the chance to research information themselves when writing informative pieces of work and therefore try to provide as many opportunities as possible for pupils to use the school laptops to research a topic before writing about it.