Writing at Park Hill Junior School
Throughout the school writing is taught as a process and a life skill. Children are expected and encouraged to apply the same thought and care into all of their writing activities across the curriculum. We build on the skills the pupils learn each year.
spell a range of homophones;
spell words that are often misspelt (Appendix 1);
use understand and use prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them;
place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals and in words with irregular plurals;
use the first 2 or 3 letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary.
How it is taught:
There a strong emphasis on the importance of the process of being a writer and weekly writing sessions will typically consist of: discussion and exploration of a text; planning the writing; an extended writing session followed by editing and redrafting and finally publishing. Pupils are empowered to take responsibility for their writing through peer and self-evaluation. Teacher conferencing and in depth marking enable pupils to meet the next steps in their development as writers.
The importance of writing across the curriculum is highlighted by the use of English sessions to develop writing in other curriculum areas so that students are aware that writing takes many forms and is an intrinsic part of daily life.
What is taught:
Good grammar and punctuation underpins successful writing. Children are taught that good grammar and punctuation gives meaning to their writing.
How it is taught:
Grammar lessons are embedded into the writing the children will be engaged in that week. This ensures that pupils get relevant and meaningful practise of the grammar concept being taught.