Writing at SKA
At SKA we strive to develop the children’s ability to produce well structured, detailed writing in which the meaning is made clear and which engages the interest of the reader. Attention is paid throughout the school to the formal structures of Literacy, grammatical detail, punctuation and spelling. Teachers model writing strategies such as spelling strategies in daily grammar sessions. Guided writing sessions are used to target specific needs of both groups and individuals. Writing is taught through a ‘Book based’ curriculum with a focus on the Classical Texts, particularly in Upper Key stage 2.
SMSC in Writing at SKA
Spiritual development is concerned with developing the non-material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose. Beliefs that help provide perspective on life may be rooted in religion, but equally may not.This refers to children’s beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in, and respect for, different people’s feelings and values. This is developed in Writing by giving pupils the opportunity to understand human emotions and feelings, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful; for example, through Literacy and Drama.
Moral development is largely about making choices, behaviour and how you live your life. Its also about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements. Moral Development refers to a pupil’s understanding, attitude and behaviour to what is right and what is wrong. Giving pupils opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values throughout the curriculum; for example, truth, justice, equality of opportunity, right and wrong through Literacy Assembly and Drama.
Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community.Social Development refers to a pupil’s progressive acquisition of the competencies and qualities needed to play a full part in society and become informed citizens of the future. This is supported by encouraging children to recognise and respect social differences and similarities; for example, where they live, different kinds of family models, age issues as explored through Literature.
Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and experiencing a range of cultural activities (art, theatre, travel, concerts). Understanding and tolerance regarding the cultural traditions and beliefs of others. Cultural development refers to pupils developing their understanding of beliefs, values and customs in social, ethnic and national groups different to their own. This is supported by introducing the children to a range of cultures by looking at stories from a vast variety of cultures.
How our 4 school values are evidenced in Writing...
We strive to do our best!
Pupils develop and enhance their writing through our book based curriculum . Pupils have the opportunity to develop their written work through, drama, discussion and feedback,whilst also independently improving their writing skills during their lessons. All are encouraged to strive to be the best writers that they can possibly be! We encourage our pupils to be dedicated and never give up.
We achieve success!
Through regular verbal and written feedback, our pupils are encouraged to learn from any mistakes and to be successful in all their writing . Pupil's progress in writing is shared and celebrated in class. Pupils are role models to their peers, and through peer mentoring, they help and guide each other so that there is 'Success for All'!
We work together as a team!
We encourage our pupils to work productively with their peers, valuing different points of view when working together during all writing tasks to improve their skills . We teach our pupils when to seek help, when to support others, when to speak up and when to compromise during writing lessons.Good writers collaborate and communicate.
We are excited about our learning .
Through offering a wide range of learning experiences in writing, our pupils are excited to learn and apply their written skills along with revisiting previous learning. Our pupils are excited by their book based curriculum and showcase their skills and learning at every opportunity that they can.