How do we teach writing at Beechcroft?
Pupils in across the school follow the National Curriculum for writing, using a focus book (linked to their current enquiry question, a curriculum driver or key concept) as the inspiration for writing tasks. Literary Curriculum unit plans form the basis of most English lessons but are adapted to suit the needs of different cohorts. Focus books are carefully chosen and monitored to ensure variety of representation as well as exposure to different genres and eras of literature. 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 year group overviews 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 2021-2022.
How do we monitor and support progress in writing at Beechcroft?
- Several times a week, teachers offer whole class feedback to address common errors and misconceptions.
- Half termly, teachers complete a summative assessment slip, providing pupils with personalised feedback on their independent writing - including offering areas for development.