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.
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Writing at SKA is developed through a meaningful curriculum designed through sequences of learning. Planning demonstrates small steps of progression for children to successfully reach the desired outcomes. Learning is designed to ensure that children are motivated and engaged in their writing throughout their journey through school. 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. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently, confidently are effectively disenfranchised. The overarching aim for Writing is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken word and written word, and to develop their love of literature. Writing has a pre-eminent place in education and society.
English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum -cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak at SKA are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding of writing. This will likewise lead to the development of well-rounded global citizens with a clear understanding of their identity and that of others.
Our children will be competent, confident writers through opportunities to:
- Think critically while studying a book - based curriculum.
- Develop grammar and punctuation through a variety of written materials.
- Use a love of reading to enhance and inform their writing.
- Writing is taught through a ‘Book based’ curriculum with a focus on Classic Texts.
A high-quality education in Writing teaches pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening others can communicate with them. Literature especially, plays a key role in such development. Expertise in the teaching of writing impacts positively on depth and breadth in learning across all concepts. Children will make at least good progress in Writing from their last point of statutory assessment. Children will have a love of Writing when they leave SKA. They will use their skills in writing as a key tool in helping them to learn. As well as being able to produce written work in all areas of the curriculum of a similar standard which evidence good progress too.
Writing at SKA will extend beyond the classroom to encompass the awe and wonder of the real world and open up opportunities for life-long learning. At SKA every child is a writer!
Whole School Overview for Writing.
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 four 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.