Rationale for the teaching of Writing at Abbotswood
At Abbotswood we believe that learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. Good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world. Writing makes a significant contribution to the development of children as thinkers and learners and independence, creativity and individuality is encouraged.
How is Writing taught at Abbotswood?
At Abbotswood, children are given regular opportunities to write to inform, persuade and entertain through daily lessons. Each term there is a Fiction unit, Non-fiction unit and a poetry unit. These are based around a key text, which can, where appropriate, be linked to the term’s topic or Science work. In each of the units, children will be introduced to a model of excellence to show the expectation for the end of the unit. Within the unit, up to 3 grammar and spelling objectives will be introduced. We follow a Try it, Use it, Prove it approach – the objective is taught (try it) and practised through short burst writing opportunities (use it) before being included in the end of unit piece of writing (prove it). As part of each unit, new vocabulary is also introduced through spelling lessons and the Model of Excellence. The meanings are investigated and the children are expected to use it in their writing. Each classroom has a uniform Writing Working Wall where learning and expectations are displayed as a learning tool for the children to use. All types of writing taught are practised at appropriate opportunities in other areas of the curriculum.
How is Writing assessed at Abbotswood?
We assess writing throughout each lesson and mark the work completed according to our marking policy. When we find that children have not achieved the expected outcome for a lesson, they are given extra support, either during assembly time, the next lesson or during an afternoon.
Writing is also assessed using the school’s ‘Age Related Expectations’ (AREs) 5 times a year. From this, we can see any gaps in progress and we can prioritise support for individuals for the following term.
Children are assessed at the end of Years 2 and 6 for the end of Key Stage Statutory Assessments (SATs).
If you would like any more information, please speak to Mrs Willoughby, who is our Writing subject leader.
The Governor responsible for Writing is Mrs Hopkins.