At Beckfoot Nessfield we use a ‘Talk for Writing’ model across school to support our teaching of English which follows the structure of the National Curriculum. Every year group has a core text which links to their Learning Challenge topic where possible. Texts have been carefully selected to ensure they are engaging, challenging and of a high quality.
Example of year group text map:
We follow a 3 stage approach to the teaching and learning of writing:
IMITATION & IMMERSION
This stage focuses on exploring the core text or text type. This is where we teach specific composition, grammar and punctuation skills. Children have the opportunity to practise, develop and refine these taught skills across a range of contexts.
This is stage is where children are shown a WAGOLL of the final writing outcome. Children are shown the thought process of a writer and how to implement specific skills and techniques through shared writing and guided writing.
INNOVATION & INDEPENDENT APPLICATION.
In this stage children are taught how to plan, draft, respond to feedback and edit their writing. Pupils apply these skills to a final published piece which is then marked against the end of year expectations for their year group and put into their writing portfolios which travel with them throughout school.
Spellings are taught in line with the rules and words contained in Appendix 1 of the English National Curriculum. Teacher’s use Spelling Shed to support teaching and to provide activities that link to weekly spellings. Children are given access to Spelling Shed at home to practise and complete assignments set by their class teacher.
Writing Across the Curriculum:
We believe that it is crucial writing skills are taught throughout the curriculum – not just in English lessons. Our Learning Challenge curriculum ensures that each topic has a writing outcome to ensure children are continually writing for a range of purposes and audiences.