Writing at Dallimore is based on a 5-step approach
- Children familiarise themselves with a specific genre and plan their own writing.
- A series of sentence-level sessions take place providing children with extensive practise of formulating quality sentences directly linked to the piece they will be drafting.
- Children draft their own writing with specific scaffolds provided by the teacher including key vocabulary.
- An independent write is the final part of the sequence – children write an independent piece based on the same genre.
- At various points throughout the year, children have the opportunity to publish their writing.
Throughout the teaching sequence, children respond to a mix of whole class and personalised feedback in order to improve their writing.
The writing sequence is based on principles established by the EEF for improving literacy outcomes at KS1 and KS2.
Most units of writing are based on the class novel or history or geography topic taking place at the time.
Key and ambitious vocabulary is provided for children in every writing session. We recognise the difference an extended vocabulary makes to a child’s progression across the curriculum, and we encourage children to use this vocabulary within their writing. As children progress into Years 4, 5 and 6, we actively encourage them to identify synonyms of provided vocabulary to further widen their vocabulary and personalise their writing.
Example models are written by teachers and the writing subject lead. This ensures consistency across the phases and ensures that there is an appropriate level of challenge for all children. These models are used to inform planning for the sentence-level sessions and they drive the teacher modelling during the drafting sessions. Children have the opportunity to revisit genres throughout their time at school.
The writing progression document ensures that we implement a progressive approach to the teaching of writing in addition to supporting teachers to make accurate judgements about children’s attainment and progress.
Whilst elements of spelling, punctuation and grammar are modelled and discussed throughout writing lessons, children in KS2 also access discrete SPAG lessons. Long-term overviews map out the key learning of punctuation and grammar to ensure coverage and progression throughout KS2.
Weekly quizzes are used as retrieval practice to strengthen children’s retention of key concepts.