Curriculum subject leader: Mrs Emma Fawcett
The Writing Curriculum at Maple Cross
Writers at Maple Cross explore, analyse and use a variety of enriching and diverse experiences which allow them to experiment with their developing vocabulary. Talk is central to our writers allowing them to think differently, to be creative, to rehearse ideas and to make sense of new concepts. Writers at Maple Cross are aware of the need for accuracy and creativity in their writing.
High quality texts and reading gives us access to a wealth of language, experiences and opportunities. Each writing unit is linked to a core text, which can be viewed in the long term plan. Exploring a wide range of texts supports learners on their journey as writers as they develop their language, understand new concepts and learn to master the ability to manipulate language and structures for effect on the reader.
Talk is central to Writing lessons. Learners are expected to explain their thinking, value other people’s experiences and opinions and use this to develop their own understanding. The acquisition of new language is introduced using different techniques to develop vocabulary .
The spelling long term plan supports the acquisition of different spelling patterns from Year 1 to Year 6. These are taught as discrete sessions, where opportunities for revision and over-learning are built into each lesson.
Handwriting is taught in every year group from Nursery to Year 6. The handwriting guidance is used to ensure that all children are supported to produce high quality handwriting.
Being able to write in accurately punctuated sentences is a core writing skill. At Maple Cross, each class from Year 1 to Year 6 delivers short, bespoke key skills sessions in addition to the Writing lesson. This allows children to rehearse the core skills in discrete sessions before applying them to their writing throughout the curriculum.
Grammar is taught in each year group. The prioritised grammar emphasis for each year group supports teachers to ensure that core grammar is covered in all Writing topics. The curriculum grammar terms details and explains all the grammatical terminology that children are expected to acquire by the end of Year 6.
Writing sessions combine all the skills of handwriting, punctuation, grammar and spelling alongside the more creative aspects of writing. Writing topics are organised around a high quality text to enhance experience and develop enthusiasm and discussion. The symbols for writing and author techniques are used to support creativity and diversity in writing. Writers are encouraged to use different grammatical structures to vary their writing and to apply learning from key skills and spelling sessions to maintain accuracy. Teachers use the curriculum to support their planning alongside a set of core writing expectations for their year group.
Writing is assessed using the teacher assessment frameworks. Each year group has its own end of year expectations linked to the National Curriculum. The assessment of writing documents detail the national expectations for children in Writing at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.