At Keighley St Andrew’s, our aim is to turn readers into writers. We aim to build children’s writing stamina, vocabulary knowledge and understanding of grammar through creating a positive approach to a wide range of text types. We recognise the importance of fostering a culture where children take pride in their writing; writing clearly and accurately and modifying their structure and language choices to suit a range of audiences, purposes and contexts. We expose children to a range of carefully selected high quality texts and films to stimulate their imaginations and ignite a passion for writing.

The Writing Process

Writing at Keighley St Andrew’s starts in Nursery with many opportunities within provision for children to begin mark making and developing both their fine and gross motor skills.

As children move into Reception, we begin ‘Drawing Club’. This is a programme that focuses on the magic of story, language, creativity, physical development, mathematics, collaboration and joy! It enables all children to be exposed to carefully selected quality vocabulary whilst enjoying a range of texts and an opportunity to engage in purposeful mark making modelled by a practitioner.

As children move into Year 1, and once they are ready, we move into our five phase approach to writing. Writing is a complex process which requires children to have the ability to use a variety of skills at once. Using high quality picture books and films as a stimulus, children progress through the sequence of learning to produce an end piece of writing.

Phase One: Prediction and inference and developing vocabulary

During this phase, children are introduced to the writing stimulus in a variety of different ways. They may make predictions through listening to the sound track, reading the blurb or after hearing part of the story. Children will make inferences in a variety of ways, looking at different aspects of the story, and justifying their reasoning.

Phase Two: Vocabulary

New vocabulary will be taught and explored as well as collecting vocabulary to be used in the end writing outcome.

Phase 3: Meaning through grammar and punctuation

Phase Three is the skills builder phase. During this phase children are taught the grammar and punctuation skills required to create their final piece. Children are given opportunities to apply their skills in short pieces of writing. This gives teaching staff an opportunity to formatively assess each child's readiness for writing. Children are then targeted to support them with their written work.

Phase Four: Planning and drafting

Children will now have the chance to showcase their writing skills to produce an end of unit piece of writing based around the boko or film that they have been exploring.

Phase Five: Editing and publishing

As with all authors, the first draft is never perfect! Children will edit their work using feedback from the teacher or an editing partner.

2022/2023 Year 1 English Curriculum Overview
Year 2 English Curriculum Overview
Year 3 English Curriculum Overview
Year 4 English Curriculum Overview
Year 5 English Curriculum Overview
Year 6 English Curriculum Overview