Pupils at Wallace Fields are encouraged to produce writing that is clear, entreating, informative and engages the reader. They are given many real opportunities to write for a purpose in English and across the curriculum at Wallace Fields. During English lessons, a text or video is used to generate a purpose for writing but their skills are embedded in other subjects through a broad and balanced curriculum. Children generate ideas as a class or with their peers and effectively self-evaluate and edit their own writing following discussion and feedback. We are keen to help children develop an extensive vocabulary and so each child has their own word collector book to keep new, ambitious and precise words to use in their own writing.
The programmes of study for writing at key stage 2 are divided into:
• transcription (spelling and handwriting)
• composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
It is essential that pupils develop competence in these two dimensions.
The programmes of study guidelines from the government are divided into lower (year 3 & 4) and upper (year 5& 6) but we have created 'pupil friendly' checklists for our pupils (see below). Please use these to help your child with any writing and editing they do at home for pleasure or homework. These are the writing expectations that children should meet consistently by the end of each year group for expected progress.
This is our writing progression map based on the National curriculum. These skills are taught through the study of texts and films in our English lessons. It illustrates the progression of skills taught in composition, grammar & punctuation and spelling.
English progression map
How can parents help?
Encourage your child to read widely – See the reading section at the top of this page
Share new words found in books, notices, adverts etc and help to explain what they mean.
Find synonyms for a new word and practise putting the word in a sentence.
Find opportunities to write at home, e.g. a diary.
Print off the spelling lists below and practice spelling these key words.
Encourage your child to enter the annual Radio Two 500 word story writing competition when it opens in the Spring.
Examples of good writing