"A word after a word after a word is power."
At Lady Joanna, we view writing skills not only as vital tools our children need for independent learning across the curriculum, but also as an essential method of communication, an enriching outlet and a means of self-expression that will enable them to shape their own lives.
To teach children to write effectively is to empower them. As a school we promote a passion for both the spoken and written word, nurturing confident independent young writers who write with a sense of purpose and an understanding of the powerful impact their words have on the reader.
- Ensuring children access a vast range of high-quality texts, which enable them to analyse and understand the author’s use of language and provide a model for their own writing.
- Promoting reading and making explicit to all children the inherent link between reading and writing.
- Providing engaging stimuli and learning experiences and interesting curriculum content to foster an excitement and eagerness to write.
- Immersing young writers in a vocabulary rich learning environment.
- Endorsing teachers as inspirational writing role models, who demonstrate clearly each step of the writing process and encourage confident writers who feel safe to experiment and ‘play’ with language for effect.
- Ensuring ample opportunity to write for different purposes, in different styles and experience reading and writing a range of different genres.
- Providing opportunity to write at length, developing one piece or writing project for extended periods of time.
- Helping children to develop a thorough understanding of how a ‘professional’ writer or author works, by following the cyclical process of planning, drafting and re-drafting, reflecting, editing and publishing.
- Positive, effective verbal and written feedback, delivered in a supportive environment which moves learning on rapidly.
- Daily opportunity for self-reflection and discussion with peers, coupled with highly individualised targets and excellent ongoing AfL to ensure all pupils are directly involved in their continued progress.
- Insistence and a heavy focus on the fundamentals of spelling, punctuation and correct grammar usage is consistent throughout the school, with new learning in each year group building upon the understandings and skills securely embedded in the previous years.
- Expectation is high for all children: appropriate levels of challenge and support ensure all children – including vulnerable groups – access learning and make excellent progress in each lesson.
- Ensuring writing skills form the cornerstone of our curriculum – literacy is the seam running through all subject areas, underpinning learning across the curriculum in each year group.
- Sustained progress is evident in all children’s writing, as is the progression of writing skills from emergent writing in our Early Years Foundation Stage through to the end of Key Stage 2.
- All children work with confidence and independence in writing, taking pride in the work they produce and the progress they have made.
- Engagement is high and pupil’s pace brisk during writing lessons in every class. Across the school, children increasingly write at length with growing stamina.
- Children readily share ideas, offer suggestions for improvement and discuss vocabulary and analyse writing techniques in every lesson, demonstrating their detailed knowledge of the writer’s craft.
- Children know their own targets for improvement in writing and are able to discuss how they access appropriate resources and support to achieve them.
- Children identify as successful writers, celebrate their successes and take joy in the creation of writing that is purposeful and meaningful to them.