Writing at Park Way Primary School
At Park Way, we strive to ensure that all our pupils leave us with the skills needed to pick up a pen and write. Writing is taught across the curriculum alongside Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG). It is important to us that our children write for ‘real’ purposes and are encouraged to widen their vocabulary through a range of different genres and texts.
We aim to develop proficient, accurate and creative writers through a rich and broad curriculum. By the time our children leave our school, it is our intention that they will:
Full details about our approach to the teaching and learning of writing, including handwriting and spelling, can be found in our English policy.
The Writing Journey
Stage 1 – Introduce the writing genre and focus text
At Park Way we ensure that our pupils are taught a broad range of different genres for them to access their true potential in writing. This is supported by a focus text providing examples of the genre and guiding them in their own writing.
Genres we use:
Not all genres are taught in all year groups
How we might introduce the genre:
Stage 2 – Making or experiencing writing through activity
At the beginning of a new genre, Park Way pupils are given the opportunity to explore the genre through different experiences. These might include:
Stage 3 – Planning an extended piece of writing
We know that if we want to produce an outstanding piece of learning, we first have to plan it. Planning is a crucial stage when writing as it allows you the opportunity to research vocabulary and consolidate your ideas. The planning stage might include:
Stage 4 – Individual writing
For children to be able to write and enjoy it, they need to be given the opportunity to simply write! During this stage, children are encouraged to use their planning and previous learning to write their own version of the focus genre. Adults will support their writing through modeled writing and through shared composition so children have the foundations to begin their own writing journey.
Here they might include:
Stage 5 – Edit and Improve
It is rare that a piece of writing is perfect the first time it is written. This is the same for adults and at Park Way, we believe that it is important to teach our children that if they have made a mistake, that it is easily done and can be rectified. Often, the most memorable lessons are those we learn through a mistake. At our school, we ensure that pupils understand that is ok to make mistakes and take the opportunity to facilitate them learning from it.
During this stage, our children are encouraged to read through their learning, check it makes sense and revise any errors. This is a vital step in their development in becoming outstanding writers. Children are encouraged to: