Our Approach to Writing

Growing and Achieving Together in English

In English we take our children on a journey that is engaging, exciting and empowering for all.

At Sandiway Primary School we plan learning using our English curriculum texts as a driver. We follow The Literacy Company’s ‘Pathways to Write’ from EYFS to Year 6.  

How we Teach Writing:

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Children learn about the purpose, structure and language features of a variety of writing genres.  The teaching of writing and use of compositional skills are grounded in a rich experience of reading and reflecting on quality written texts. The texts are often used as models for writing. When appropriate, cross-curricular links are made.

Children are given regular opportunities for telling, retelling and refining texts as a preparation for writing. We encourage the process of planning, saying, writing, checking and editing writing.

Extended writing opportunities are regularly planned for across the curriculum. This encourages the children to be creative and flexible with their writing skills, applying what has previously been taught; e.g. writing a narrative set in Ancient Egypt or writing an explanation of how a volcano erupts.

Writing in the EYFS

The skilled staff in EYFS provide many exciting writing opportunities for the children, both focused sessions and through continuous provision. They follow the Pathways planning when it is appropriate and grips the children’s interests, if texts are changed the objectives (Pathway’s Keys) for each unit are followed to maintain progression. Children are given a range of opportunities to create and use print in a meaningful way.  As children develop their knowledge of phonics and Harder to Read and Spell words this is quickly transferred into their independent writing.

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Strive for Five

High expectations are set for children’s written work.  School has an agreed set of non-negotiables which children must try to adhere to.  These areas are adapted to be specific and appropriate for each year group.

Our Strive for Five are:

  • Presentation
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Quality/Quantity/Effort

Webpage updated November 2023

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Weaverham Road, Sandiway, Cheshire, CW8 2ND

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