Writing at Perranporth School

Writing

Intent

At Perranporth School, we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing. We aim to teach our pupils to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing by developing a cursive handwriting style as they move through the school. We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting heir children to develop both grammar, spelling and composition skills. We aim to establish a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school.

Implementation

Throughout their time at Perranporth, children develop their skills by exploring a whole range of different genres with a focus on writing for purpose. Children become skilled in the process of drafting and editing. Genres are studied for two weeks or more and the starting point for mostly units will be a model text in which pupils can identify the key structures that may be used within a particular piece . Key writing techniques are then explored to ensure pupils develop a strong understanding of these in isolation before creating an extended piece of writing that aims to include these. Wherever possible, the key text links directly with the general topic or novel for that term inorder to provide context for writing and wider opportunities to write across the curriculum.

Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar and punctuation knowledge and skills are taught through English lessons as much as possible. Each English lesson begins with a carefully planned grammar session that either recaps previously learnt knowledge or teaches new content to be applied during the lesson.   Teachers plan to teach the required skills through the genres of writing that they are teaching linking it to the genre to make it more connected with the intended writing outcome.

Spelling

Spelling develops with structure at our school, starting with phoneme patterns and common exception words in the early part of the school and then gradually introducing complex spelling rules as the children move through the key stages. Weekly spellings are carefully matched to spelling lessons and careful marking emphasises the exact spelling error.

Speaking and Listening

Children are provided with opportunities to gain confidence in speaking individually, in small groups and through class based activities across the curriculum. Through these opportunities children explain, explore and develop their skills for different purposes and audiences. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.   

Impact

(End of Foundation stage)

 At StandardExceeding in writing
201977%19%
201873%20%
201777%10%

(End of KS1)

 At StandardExceeding in writing
201965%10%
201871%13%
201770%13%

(End of KS2)

 At StandardExceeding in writing
201987%23%
201881%26%
201790%37%