English

English

“You can make anything by writing.” -C.S Lewis

At Leverton Primary School, we want to produce children who are able to write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes whilst developing their own individual flair. We want our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and to apply spelling rules correctly and use neat handwriting. We aim to expose our children to a wide range of vocabulary so that they are able to decipher new words and then use them appropriately, enabling them to apply their English skills to all areas of the curriculum.

Our Implementation

Writing is taught throughout the school using a developing structure of the ‘Talk4Writing’ approach. We teach children to imitate and innovate writing before becoming independent writers with their own writing style. As a school, we also incorporate Alan Peat sentence types in our planning and teach the children how to use them in their own writing to vary sentence types.

Reception

Writing is taught as a whole class. Planning is based upon a rich text and follows the theme of all the learning over a two-week period. The text is read daily throughout this time, so the children are fully immersed and can join in with confidence. A model text (usually in response to an exciting ‘hook’) is shared, learnt, written and innovated by the children. Each week, children work in small, adult-led groups to develop their skills and strategies to promote independence. Children are taught to form letters in the print style with fine motor control supported through activities that promote hand and core strength in addition to visual perception. Spelling is taught discretely during ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds) phonics lessons. Independent mark making is promoted from the earliest stages within the learning environment. As children role-play, they write in real-life situations which encourages them to see writing as purposeful which also develops independence.

Key Stage 1 and 2.

Writing is taught whole class, with planning based upon a rich text that is usually linked to the topic (unless this compromises the text quality). Teaching strategies throughout a unit include modelled, shared and guided writing. Lessons involve the children working collaboratively to support all to achieve using personalised strategies and differentiation, with dedicated lesson time directed for the children to self-assess, peer assess and edit to improve their work.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught in phonics and English lessons. Often, these elements are taught discretely at first but then within the writing lessons, so the skills are embedded and in context for the children. 

Handwriting is taught discretely in the first term, for 10 minutes daily, to set the expectations for the year group. Following this, misconceptions are addressed within lessons or through support groups. The pre-cursive style is taught in Year 1 and perfected in Year 2 with a focus on letter joins, until writing is fully cursive. Children should write in the cursive style in Key Stage 2.

Impact:

The intended impact of our delivery of writing is that all pupils enjoy writing across a range of genres, can write for a range of purposes and audiences and become confident and effective communicators. They will amass a varied vocabulary that they can use across the curriculum and can apply spelling rules and grammatical concepts in their work. We also aim to ensure that our pupils are proud of their writing and have opportunity to see it on display and shared with others in the school and with their families. Looking forward, we intend that by the end of Year 6 children are confident in crafting a piece of writing, which holds them in great stead for secondary school and their future ahead.

Reading

At Leverton Primary School we believe that reading is an essential life skill which enriches the lives of children. We also understand the importance of being able to read and how it impacts upon all other areas of the curriculum. We are committed to enabling children to become lifelong readers. The heart of our strategy ensures that children read for pleasure. To foster this love of reading, we ensure that engaging activities are carefully planned throughout the school.  We pair imaginative activities with high quality texts that provide appropriate challenge for children whilst allowing them the chance to experience different cultures and life experiences.

Skills Progression

Reading Books & Poems by Year Group