Approach to Writing
At Godwin Junior School we stress the importance of being able to communicate in a variety of styles and to a range of audiences in a written form. As such, we ensure that our children are exposed to a broad English curriculum and are expected to produce written work in these genres.
In addition, as writing is clearly central to almost all areas of the curriculum, we exploit cross-curricular links where possible. This is an effective means of providing our children with meaningful opportunities to practise the skills they are acquiring in English lessons, rather than them viewing this learning as discrete.
Our ultimate aim is for the children to be able to express themselves confidently and articulately in writing.
English lessons include activities based on text immersion, modelled writing, shared writing, independent writing and guided writing. The precise balance of each will depend on the learning objective for the specific lesson.
Text immersion enables children to explore the features of a text and provide them a clear understanding of the genre. It will also illustrate and exemplify the writing they will be expected to produce at the end of a unit of work.
Our teachers model-write during English lessons to illustrate the writing they expect to see children produce during their independent writing time. This modelled writing should explicitly demonstrate the features of the intended learning outcome and exemplify the success criteria, so that our children are clear what the expectations of them are and how they can be successful in their writing.
Shared writing provides the opportunity for the children to contribute their ideas to a whole-class piece of work and also allows the teacher can give them feedback about their suggestions. This direct teaching then supports the children to be successful in their independent writing immediately afterwards.
While the majority of the class will be undertaking independent writing after the main teaching input, a guided writing group will be working with the teacher. This guided writing session provides the children with additional quality support and challenge so that they can are able to improve and extend their writing.
When communicating ideas in writing it is important that children use a handwriting style which is neat and legible. The importance of handwriting should not be underestimated. It is vital that children can write quickly, comfortably and legibly as it is a skill needed in many curriculum areas, as well as in later life. Children’s self-esteem is also heightened when they are able to take pride in their handwriting.
Our handwriting and presentation focus has three key aims;
To develop a joined, confident handwriting style that is clear, legible and fluent, which will free the writer to write and not worry about letter formation
To instil a positive attitude towards handwriting
To present work in a neat and orderly fashion appropriate to the task