Pupils in KS1 and KS2 follow the National Curriculum for writing, using a focus book (often linked to topic work) as the inspiration for writing tasks. Focus books are carefully chosen and monitored to ensure pupils are exposed to a wide range of quality texts throughout their time at Beechcroft St Paul’s. This approach is paired with Michael Tidd’s ‘Writing For A Purpose’ strategy across the school to ensure pupils are posed with engaging and purposeful writing opportunities. For further information on this, see our school overview for writing as well as ‘Writing For A Purpose.’
Teachers plan writing units by incorporating text-inspired experiences with text type immersion, grammar skills practise and regular opportunities for pupils to apply what they have learnt through independent writing. English lessons are designed in an episodic style providing pupils with the chance to connect to, activate, demonstrate and review their learning daily.
In EYFS and KS1 handwriting practise occurs several times a week informed by the Teach Handwriting scheme, with additional practise using a range of strategies for those pupils who require it. Pupils in KS1 use pencils for writing. In KS2 a handwriting pen is introduced for all pupils. Revision of our handwriting policy will be a focus for the academic year 2020-2021.
- Three times a year a GAPS assessment or SAT followed by a question level analysis is carried out to measure progress in grammar and inform next steps of teaching and learning.
- Half termly, teachers complete a summative assessment slip, providing pupils with personalised feedback on their independent writing - including offering areas for development.