Writing at St.Joseph's

Writing Intent - 2021


Love Jesus, Love Learning, Love Communicating


At St Joseph’s our intention is that our children will :

  • understand and use writing as a form of communication
  • experience writing with real purpose and real audiences; seeing how widely writing is used in everyday life
  • experience writing being directly influenced by their reading and foundation areas of study
  • use writing in a relevant and meaningful way to to apply knowledge and vocabulary to form connections between their learning and to investigate the world we care for
  • develop a love of writing so as to express their thoughts, ideas and emotions clearly, creatively and imaginatively, appreciating written language as a way of connecting with others.  
Writing Curriculum Implementation - 2021
  1. The context for writing is inspired by quality challenging texts which have been selected to inspire pupils’ learning in either geography, history or science
  2. Pupils experience poetry, narrative and non-fiction genres each half-term
  3. At the start of a unit teachers explore WAGOLL focussed on text structure and language content
  4. Our writing pedagogy is then based on the Hochman Method (Writing Revolution)
  5. Sentence strategies are used to teach the construction of ‘Alan Peat’ sentences
  6. The same activities can be used across year groups to learn increasingly more complex sentence construction
  7. Word level and sentence level skills are taught weekly
  8. Grammar and punctuation is taught within the context of sentences that are based on cross-curricular knowledge
  9. Children are given opportunities for oral rehearsal to practise the language they need
  10. Teachers model writing skills in each lesson including proofreading and editing to enable pupils to be able to confidently use all essential writing skills
  11. Spelling is taught using Oxford Owl programme - focussed on spelling rules and taught daily for 15 minutes
  12. Children complete a spelling test each Monday on the previous week’s spelling rule
Handwriting Implementation - 2021
  • At St. Joseph's, EYFS and Y1 pupils are taught letter formation daily within RWInc lessons
  • Teachers model and teach handwriiting using a cursive style in Y2 to Y6
  • Children are taught these joins from Year 2, with all pupils having three ten minute weekly sessions. 
  • Handwriting is explicitly taught using the interactive program 'Letter Join' and then children are encouraged to practise their handwriting using weekly spelling sheet resources.
  • If work is not presently neatly, teachers will speak to the children and elements of their work may need to be repeated. 
Below is an example of how the letters should be formed
Spelling Implementation - 2021
  • In Foundation Stage and Year 1, spelling is taught through RWInc
  • Spelling is taught using 44 sounds using ‘Fred talk’, ‘dots and dashes' and 'special friends'
  • In Y2-Y6: Oxford Owl spelling is taught using the Oxford Owl programme
  • The programme is focussed on a spelling rule which is taught daily for 15 minutes
  • Pupils record written spelling activities in pupil books
  • Spellings are also practised through handwriting tasks and tested weekly (based on spelling rules and NC spelling list)
  • Children complete a spelling test each Monday on the previous week’s spelling rule
Intended Impact - 2021
  • Impact is measured by attainment in writing being moderated using ‘No More Marking’ and cross Trust moderation activity.
  • Children’s writing is assessed during national windows to take advantage of a wider pool of professional judgements.  Also, Plymouth CAST schools jointly moderate pupils' writing.
  • The statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two uses the teacher frameworks to assess children’s writing attainment