In writing, we follow the Talk4Writing approach, where the children are exposed to some great authors and a variety of texts; the children then use the texts to create their own writing.
We use the No Nonsense spelling scheme to teach spelling. The scheme will cover all spelling rules and statutory spellings prescribed by the National Curriculum. Children are given spellings to learn and to practise at home through the Spelling Shed website.
The children will access a range of fiction and non-fiction texts throughout the course of their reading sessions. The children will be taught how to approach reading text questions using the following question types: Copycat (retrieval questions); Text Detective (inference questions) and Judge & Jury (evaluative questions). In addition, over the course of the year, children will be read to from a reading canon for their year group in order to expand their vocabulary and foster a love of reading.
As required by the National Curriculum, all children will be expected to use a joined, cursive style when they write. If this is consistently demonstrated in Year 3 & 4, pupils may earn a “pen passport” which permits them to write in pen. However, all pupils in Year 5 & 6 are expected to write in pen.
Writing Across the Curriculum
We believe that children write best when they are inspired by the content and when they have real outcomes for their writing.
We therefore aim to write across the curriculum and incorporate English skills into our topic sessions and vice versa.