Writing at Dallimore is taught using a 5-step process based on the principles outlined within the Education Endowment Foundation. Children within each phase of school follow the structure which builds on previous models and provides consistency between parallel classes.
Children have the opportunity to become familiar with writing a range of genres that are mapped out across each term. Genre knowledge organisers are used by teachers to ensure that there is clear progression in genres and in children’s application of grammar and punctuation.
Writing is often, but not exclusively, based on the class novel and usually linked to the topic being taught (often a history-based or a geography-based topic).
- Children become familiar the selected genre in detail
- They identify key features and identify examples of successful writing
- Children create a blueprint or plan for their own writing
- A clear audience and purpose for writing is established
- Teachers model authorial techniques or aspects of punctuation and grammar and children have opportunities to practise these before drafting
- Children draft one or two paragraphs of their writing a day and receive whole class feedback to support the editing process
- Once complete, children have the opportunity to publish their writing
Whilst elements of Spelling Punctuation And Grammar (SPAG) are modelled and discussed throughout the writing lessons, children also access discrete SPAG lessons. Punctuation and grammar aspects are taught throughout Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. As children progress throughout the school, they access SPAG lessons on a more regular basis. Teachers follow long term overviews to ensure coverage and progression and quizzes are used as retrieval practice to strengthen children’s retention of key concepts.