At Daven Primary School, we believe that Writing and communication are key life skills. their writing and to be able to confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. We set high expectations for all our children to take pride in their work where we have a fluent, joined handwriting style. We aim for all of our children to be able to write independently in a variety of genres and for a range of purposes with fluency, accuracy and enjoyment. We believe children should understand that from an early age that their writing needs to be accurate, legible and clearly organised. It is our hope for them that they will enjoy writing, see the value of it and for them to leave us as confident, accomplished writers.
Through the English curriculum, we will help children to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We use the 'Literacy Counts' scheme of work which empowers teachers to provide high quality teaching of writing through the use of high-quality literature. The units of work centre around vocabulary-rich texts which provide a wealth of writing opportunities. Several of the literature have strong thematic links to the Science, History and Geography curriculum also.
Each unit is implemented with great success because they include the following:
- Clear sequential episodes of learning
- Example Texts
- Clear Learning Objectives
- Vocabulary learning
- Contextualised Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation
- Writer's Knowledge linked to National Standards
- Sentence Accuarcy work
- Progression Documents with Year Group Expectations
- Example Planning Formats
- Wider Reading opportunities
- Explicit links to the National Curriculum
This planning scheme also allows opportunities for our children to be reflective learners by re-reading, editing and improving. Children's work is regularly celebrated with it being displayed termly in our Writing Corridor, as well as in other areas of the school.
At Daven we want all of our children to develop a love for writing and enjoy writing for a range of different purposes using their developing skills and sharing their ideas across a variety of genres.
Children’s progress in writing is tracked through regular summative and formative assessment. Withing the Literacy Counts scheme, there are opportunities for an 'Incidental Write' which provides teachers with an assessment opportunity. Writing is teacher assessed against year group expectations which is recorded on our tracking system called Insight; this is supported using the Teacher Assessment Frameworks for Year 2 and Year 6. Writing is moderated internally, and externally within a cluster of schools.
The impact of teaching and learning of writing is carried out through learning walks, discussions with children, book scruntinies, data analysis and progress meetings. Work is planned to address misconceptions and gaps in learning identified through assessments to ensure that the curriculum effectively meets the needs of all pupils.