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Our approach to teaching Writing at Darton Primary School is through clear structured, daily Literacy lessons. Teachers use engaging texts, topics and first hand experiences to inspire their writing. Children have the opportunity to write for a range of different purposes and develop their understanding of different genres (see table below).  In each lesson, the teaching of vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, speaking and listening objectives are interwoven so that children have the opportunity to learn these features in a context. All lessons build up to a Big Write at the end of the week (KS1) or fortnight (KS2). All children are given time to draft, edit and improve their written work using the C.I.A (Check, Improve, Add) approach, using feedback from teachers to support them.    

 

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Class 5

Class 6

Class 7

Class 8

Class 9

Fiction

Stories with familiar settings

Stories from different cultures

Stories with predictable patterned language

Fairytales (Simple retells)

Character descriptions

Stories by the same author

Stories with familiar settings

Stories from different cultures

Stories with predictable patterned language

Fairytales (Simple retells)

Fairytales as plays

Character descriptions

Stories by the same author

Adventure/ Fantasy stories.

Traditional Stories

Different stories by the same author.

Fairytales as plays.

Character descriptions

Fantasy/ Adventure stories.

Stories from familiar settings

Fables

Adventure Stories

Stage Play scripts

Author Study

Descriptive Writing (real and imaginary settings)

Stories from familiar settings

Fables

Adventure Stories

Descriptive Writing (real and imaginary settings)

Stories from other cultures

Twists on traditional fairy tales.

Film playscripts and narrative adaptations

 

Author Study

 

Mystery

 

Descriptive Writing (animals/ places)

Science Fiction

Myths and Legends

Twists on traditional fairy tales.

 

Mystery

 

Short stories with flashbacks

 

Author studies

 

Classical texts

 

Descriptive Writing (animals/ places)

Science Fiction

 

Myths and Legends

Stories with modern settings

 

Short stories with flashbacks

 

Author studies

 

Classical texts

 

Descriptive writing -character, setting, real and imaginary objects.

Non-Fiction

Labels lists and captions

Instructions

Information texts

Recounts – Retell of a day.

Labels, lists and captions

Instructions

Information texts

Recount – retell or report of a day.

Letters

Book reviews

Instructions

Explanations –How to use familiar objects/ simple science explanations

Information texts

Book Review

Letters

Recount (1st person retell of event)

Instructions

Information texts (booklets and leaflets).

Recounts

Letter recount – informal letters/ emails

Persuasive Writing – advertisements/ brochures.

Instructions

 

Information texts (booklets and leaflets).

Recounts

Persuasive Writing – advertisements/ brochures/ letters of complaint

 

Letter recount – informal letters/ emails

Explanation texts (How a real/fictional object works.)

Instructions

 

Recounts (eyewitness accounts)

 

Persuasive Writing – radio adverts/ leaflets

 

Balanced arguments – speeches

 

Explanation texts – experiment write ups/book and film reviews

 

Diaries

Persuasive Writing – speeches, adverts, formal letters.

 

Recounts – biographies, contrasting diaries.

 

Journalistic Writing

 

Balanced arguments – speeches, newspaper articles

 

Information texts – experiment write ups/ consumer product reports/ film reviews.

 

Persuasive Writing – speeches, adverts, formal letters.

 

Recounts – auto biographies, biographies, contrasting diaries, news reports

 

Journalistic Writing

 

Balanced arguments – speeches, newspaper articles

 

Information texts –/ consumer product reports/ film reviews.

 

Poetry

Rhyming Words

 

Rhyming Words

Acrostic Poems

Alphabet Poems

Acrostic Poems

Poems with similes

Poems on a theme.

Poems on a theme.

Narrative Poems

Narrative poems

Classical poetry

Handwriting

At Darton Primary we have the highest expectations for children’s writing. All classes teach discreet handwriting sessions, both EYFS and KS1 have daily handwriting lessons and KS2 teach handwriting weekly. We focus on pencil grip, posture and formation to ensure that all children are able to write comfortably and correctly. All children are taught the Read, Write Inc letter rhymes to support their formation of individual letters.

 

Year Group Expectations

EYFS

Children take part in activities to develop their fine and gross motor-skills and recognition of patterns, for example, to form letters using their index finger in sand or using paint. Children should begin to learn how to correctly hold a pencil. Then how to use a pencil, and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters most of which are correctly formed. They should be given the opportunities to develop their handwriting, using the pre cursive style, to their full potential at that age. 

Key Stage 1

Children will continue to develop fine and gross motor-skills with a range of multi-sensory activities. Handwriting should be discussed within and linked to phonics sessions. Teachers and support staff continue to guide children on how to write letters correctly, using a comfortable and efficient pencil grip. Children should now be leaving spaces between words accurately. By the end of Key Stage 1 children should be able to write legibly, using upper and lower-case letters appropriately and correct spacing between words, using clear leading lines ready to join. By the end of Year 2, some children will make clear joins between their letters.

Key Stage 2

During this stage, children continue to have direct teaching and regular practice of handwriting if and when appropriate. We aim for them to develop a clear, fluent style and by the end of Year 6 be able to adapt their handwriting for the for different purposes, such as: a neat, legible hand for finished, presented work, a faster script for note making and the ability to print for labelling diagrams etc.


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