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Writing

The teaching of writing at St George’s aims to build, year upon year, on children’s basic skills and conventions of writing. When leaving the school they should be writers who can demonstrate:

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  • spelling at an age-appropriate level or above
  • writing in a clear joined-up style

Composition:

  • understanding the purpose and structure of a range of text types
  • planning, writing, drafting and editing a range of texts
  • creating interesting and imaginative texts through exposure to a rich and varied curriculum

Grammar:

  • understanding the function of word types
  • using a range of punctuation accurately
  • structuring sentences in a variety of ways

During their four years at St George’s, pupils will experience a wide range of types of writing and learn to become competent writers through following the progression of skills outlined in the National Curriculum. As a result they should leave the school as confident writers who are able to express themselves on paper in an accurate and appropriate manner.

The ways in which children at St George’s work is always flexible and includes; class, group, pair and individual work. Where needed, children will have guided writing sessions led by their teachers to address specific writing needs.

The teaching of writing incorporates a range of strategies to address the needs of individual classes and children. Shared writing, up-levelling of writing, modelled examples of writing, and teacher scripted writing sessions are some of the strategies that are used at St George’s.

As they develop their understanding of the writing purpose, children need to have a clear understanding and appreciation of the writing process – becoming more skilled at planning, drafting, editing and proof reading their work as they progress through the school.

The teaching of the conventions of English grammar is in accordance with the National Curriculum and, where appropriate, is taught in the context of the children’s wider learning.