We teach writing through a three weekly cycle of lessons that focuses on a specific writing genre such as stories or instructions. The sequence of lessons is carefully planned to support the children to acquire the skills needed to write independently in the selected genre. Across the sequence of lessons pupils are taught how to plan their writing, the necessary grammar skills for that piece of writing and they are taught how to effectively edit and revise their writing before finally publishing for the identified audience. During their time at the school the children will have the opportunity to write in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres and to share their work with different audiences. The writing genre map below shows which genres each year groups will teach and there is also a writing progression map detailing the different grammar skills that year groups must develop within a genre.
Daily spelling lessons take place in all classes and these focus on teaching the spellings set out in the National Curriculum for English. The pupils in EYFS and Key Stage One will learn spellings associated with the phonics sounds they are learning in Read Write Inc sessions and they will then also begin to spell words plurals, verbs tenses and some prefixes and suffixes. As the children progress through the school they will learn more complex spelling patterns and additional prefixes and suffixes. The progression in spelling and grammar skills in detailed in the spelling and grammar map below.
In addition to learning the spelling patterns in the National Curriculum it is also important that pupils learn to spell the common exception words. These are words that will be frequently used across all writing genres but can't be spelt phonetically. There are common exception words lists for every year group and again they become more difficult as the children progress through the school. If these words are spelt incorrectly in their written work teachers will identify them in their marking and children are then asked to correct them. These words are also sent home every week to practise and they are tested in a dictation sentence on a Friday. If all words are spelt correctly in the dictation then the children will move on to the next set of words. If any words are spelt incorrectly then the children stay on this set. Spelling lists are assigned to pupils via Class Dojo on a Friday and spelling books will be sent home every Friday so that parents can see how their children have done.