Writing is a life skill; our aim is to provide children with essential, transferable writing skills that they can apply with increasing independence. These will be embedded and built upon, preparing them for their next step and enabling them to flourish as articulate communicators.
At St Richard's, our reading leads to writing through the use of high-quality texts. We link our writing with our topics, current affairs or a theme of interest to the children.
Writing is taught in our English lessons and is an important part of our day. Starting in Reception, children are exposed to high-quality texts which inspire their writing.
From Year 1 onwards, children will spend their lessons building upon previously taught skills, whilst also learning new skills. They will do this by studying a WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) and using their success criteria, which enables them to talk about what they are doing well and what they need to improve on. Each classroom also has a working wall, where writing skills are modelled for children to refer to.
At the end of a unit (usually one or two weeks), they will produce a piece of independent writing called 'Star Write' to demonstrate their learning. Please have a look at our amazing Star Write display in our entrance!
Each year group has a 'Word of the Week' which encourages children's use of rich and varied vocabulary. These words are displayed in each classroom and children are challenged to include them in their writing.
Purpose of study
English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach 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. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. 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 and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils: