Policy for Teaching Writing
The first stage in helping children to become confident writers and enjoy writing is teaching them the key skills that they need. Our philosophy will be driven by the determination that virtually every child in this school will learn to write regardless of social and economic circumstances, ethnicity, the language spoken at home and most special educational needs or disabilities.
To achieve very high standards in writing.
To apply a very rigorous and sequential approach to developing speaking and listening and teaching reading, writing and spelling.
To have an effective program for phonics teaching based on a high-quality synthetic phonics scheme.
To have in place diligent, concentrated and systematic teaching of phonics so that it is central to children’s success in learning to read.
To use high-quality and expert teaching that follows the carefully planned and tightly structured approach to teaching phonic knowledge and other essential reading skills.
To adopt a consistent approach and make every minute of every lesson count.
The quality of formative assessment and the interaction that stems from will make an important contribution to learning.
To have a rounded knowledge of different writing styles and apply this within their own writing.
To have high standards and expectations of their own writing and understand how to improve their own work.
We will use systematic phonics and other appropriate strategies.
We will have a planned structure, fast pace, praise and reinforcement, perceptive responses, active participation by all children and evidence of progress.
The curriculum will give children rich opportunities to talk and listen in a wide range of contexts. This will contribute to developing their writing skills.
There will be a strong focus on developing the children’s capacity to listen and concentrate for sustained writing.
Spelling, punctuation, grammar and other teaching strategies will be monitored to ensure consistency and appropriate action will be taken if improvement is called for.
The assessment of individual pupils’ progress in reading and their phonic knowledge and skills will be frequent and detailed to identify quickly the pupils who are failing, or in danger of failing, to keep up with their peers.
Effective provision for those who are struggling to keep up will be put in place early and there will be high expectations of what all pupils should achieve
Children will be involved in the assessment of their progress and receive regular supportive feedback on their work.
Children who are struggling in writing will be given individual support which will be carefully attuned to overcoming barriers to their phonological development.
The monitoring of the implementation of the programme, especially the quality of the teaching, and the evaluation of the impact of the programme on pupils’ decoding and spelling skills will be given priority within our school’s strategy for self-evaluation.
The development of speaking and listening reading and writing will be the top priority for our children. Teaching reading will be the central strategy in developing children’s literacy. They will develop all the key elements of word recognition, decoding, recognising the link between letters and sounds that will leading to understanding of meaning and language comprehension. In this school children will be confident readers.
Created by R. Bridges
Date: February 2016
Review date: February 2018