Writing is an integral part of our curriculum at Brookburn. We aim to develop children who are clear and effective communicators. We ensure that children have the opportunity to write for a range of purposes and audiences, using excellent models in reading as inspiration. We develop their ability to spell correctly and write in a cursive style of handwriting and support children of all abilities through appropriate modelling and scaffolding to enable them to express themselves through writing.
- Daily phonics is taught discreetly from Reception to Year 2.
- In Key stage 2, spelling is taught discreetly for 20 minutes per day 2/3 times per week.
- Handwriting is taught discreetly for 20 minutes per day 2/3 times per week.
- Every writing lesson begins with a short, focussed session on Grammar and Punctuation.
- Each year group write a range of genres, with a clear purpose and audience.
- Writing is often linked to learning in other areas of the curriculum and uses high quality texts as stimuli.
- Writing lessons follow a phased approach including reading, speaking and listening and writing (composition/transcription).
- Working walls are built in the classroom, with the children throughout writing lessons and form one of many different scaffolding resources children are able to access.
- Children are given opportunities to proof read, edit and re-draft their writing following feedback from their peers and their teacher.
- Children self and peer assess their writing using rules and tools which are displayed in the classroom. The rules focus on the non-negotiable transcription targets and the tools are genre specific targets which will improve composition.
- Writing is assessed by teachers against Year group targets.
- Writing judgements are regularly moderated.
- As a school we submit writing to a national moderation platform (No more marking)
- We are consistently above national in Phonics screening checks.
- Our end of KS2 GPS results are consistently above the National expectations.
- The quality of our children’s writing, including content, range of genres, grammar and handwriting can be seen in their books and in displays around We are broadly in line with or above national in terms of our writing data.