We want to help all our pupils to develop into creative writers. Our Writing strategy enables pupils of all ages and abilities to learn to write a wide range of stories and varying text types. The multi-sensory and interactive teaching activities used include:

  • Listening to and learning texts and stories;
  • Taking part in drama and role-play;
  • Drawing and story mapping (in KS1);
  • Using exploratory and presentational talk:
  • Collecting words and language strategies;
  • Building their working knowledge of grammar;
  • Taking part in debating and discussion.

Pupils learn how to plan, edit and redraft their ideas. They are given time to learn and practise age appropriate skills so they are meeting age related goals at the end of each year and key stage.

Please see the table below that shows a brief outline of some of the learning in each year group.

Year group:Some of the new skills taught:
Foundation StageForming letters correctly Using phonic skills to write Introduce Capital Letters and full stops           CL .
Year 1CL FS Use joining word and Introduce question mark and exclamation mark   ?! Writing with finger spaces Adding ed and ing to verbs
Year 2Writing in past and present tense Using conjunctions or, and, but, because, when, if, that Writing simple sentences that make sense Spell many of the harder to read and spell (HRS) words correctly Use CL FS ? ! correctly
Year 3Use adverbs to express time then, next, soon, after, before, during Use prepositions inside, on, off, beside, outside, amongst Begin to use paragraphs to organise ideas Use the punctuation taught in Key Stage 1 correctly   CL . ! ? , Begin to use inverted commas to punctuate speech hello Begin to join some letters in handwriting
Year 4Develop descriptive writing using a range of skills; adverbs, prepositions, expanded noun phrases, conjunctions Use tenses accurately Write with legible joined handwriting Spell most words correctly adding prefixes and suffixes Write fiction and non-fiction pieces and think about who they are writing for (the audience)
Year 5Write for a range of purposes and audiences Use the full range of punctuation taught in KS1, Y3 and Y4 Describe settings, characters and atmosphere to enhance writing Begin to use brackets, commas and dashes for parenthesis (  ) ,  ,   – – Spell correctly all harder to read words from KS1, Year 3/4 and some Y5/6 Use a range of devices to build cohesion conjunctions, adverbials of time and place, pronouns, synonyms
Year 6Write for a range of purposes and audiences thinking about the reader Engage the reader by choosing appropriate vocabulary verbs, prepositional phrases, adverbials in any place, relative clauses, expanded noun phrases, Use hyphens, semi-colon and colons – ; : Use verb tenses consistently throughout a piece of writing Use correctly punctuated speech  

Our strategy ensures that pupils are writing for a purpose and teachers ensure that all students are exposed to a variety of text types and genres (see attached document below).

The teacher may also choose to do this to extend high attaining writers by providing them with the opportunity to write at length in a way that will stimulate their interests and creativity.

We believe that by providing this choice, it will further develop a love for writing and will also provide each child with a bank of truly independent pieces of writing that can be used for assessment purposes.