Writing at Knayton is an inspiring and creative subject, which engages and encourages children to write for relevant and meaningful purposes. Writing is focused on the National Curriculum and ensures the development of skills through use of ‘Classroom Monitor’. We use cross-curricular writing to stimulate children’s creativity. Teachers have a deep knowledge and understanding of the subject and plan inspiring lessons.
In writing we intend to:
- develop a positive attitude and stamina for writing
- develop a love for writing with a sense of pride when children publish their work
- develop skills through creative and inspiring teaching of appropriate learning objectives
- focus on the quality of writing
- focus on the National Curriculum aims
- children to write in a range of styles and genres
- use questioning effectively and demonstrate understanding of the ways pupils think about subject content
Our English approach is implemented through quality, ‘above pay grade’ texts that inspire us as teachers and enthuse our children. In writing, we follow the CCC’s (Collect, Connect and Create) approach.
When we are focusing on the ‘Collect’ stage, we ponder and predict what might happen in the story, analyse WAGOLL’s for word sentence and organisational features as well as collect high quality vocabulary from the text in which the children can magpie.
In the ‘Connect’ stage of our learning, we use the collected vocabulary and model it into sentences. We also develop ideas by manipulating sentence structures, constructing paragraphs and use higher-level punctuation. We put great emphasis on children taking pride in their writing.
Therefore in the ‘Create’ stage of their learning we draft sections or paragraphs of text using writing skills checklist and then edit and improve these pieces of writing before publishing a final piece. This produces a high quality published piece of writing with all feedback embedded.
The impact of the CCC’s is that our writing results over recent years, across school, have always been above the national average. Last year 91% of children achieved Age Related Expectation (ARE) in writing and 42% of children achieved Greater Depth (GD). Writing progress has been in the top 20% for at least two years. In year 6, 88% of children achieved ARE in writing and 44% of children achieved GD which are both significantly higher than national average.