Burnham-on-Sea Infant School
Writing Curriculum Overview
Curriculum Lead: Nic Blain
Our curriculum approach to writing reflects our ethos statement ‘Working Together Building Futures’ providing all our children rich opportunities to be immersed in quality language rich literature.
Intent (curriculum design, coverage and appropriateness) :
Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. The aims of our Literacy (writing) curriculum are to develop pupils who:
As spoken language underpins the development of writing, we aim to foster exploratory talk and good listening skills. Drama and role-play is regularly used in lessons to encourage creativity in writing. Application of key literacy skills are re-enforced across all foundation subjects.
Implementation (curriculum delivery, teaching and assessment):
We use the 'Literacy Counts', 'Read to Write' approach to teach writing for our pupils.
'Read to Write' provides high-quality teaching of writing through children’s high-quality literature (Vehicle Texts). The units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities.
Each writing unit is taught through a sequence of lessons based on a good quality model text. Children will spend the first part of the sequence immersed in the story and engaging with the themes. They will then explore the features and elements that have created the effects before using these ideas in their own independent versions. We aim to give all of our writing opportunities both context and purpose so children can develop the skills to become confident, articulate writers. The development of speech and a varied vocabulary is a key life skill. Competence in English enables children to communicate effectively at home, at school and in the wider world and leads to improved life opportunities. Through our assemblies and year group performances, our children are encouraged to speak and perform in front of an audience and so develop their confidence, clarity and fluency.
Impact (attainment and progress):
The Writing lead at Burnham-on-Sea will;
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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