We implement the use of our 'Writing Toolkits' from Year 2 - 6. This is a planning tool, which we create collaboratively with our pupils, to identify our writing's purpose, audience, effect, skills, application, and appropriate vocabulary. This allows our children to take responsibility for the creativity of their writing.
All our creative writing pieces begin with a high quality model example, which models the purpose, audience, effect, skills, application, and appropriate vocabulary. This sets high expectations and aspirations for our children, which is at the heart of our school ethos.
Shared and modelled writing, takes place within English lessons. This allows the teacher to demonstrate high quality writing, while encouraging the children to share and up-level their own and peers' ideas. We promote the idea of 'magpieing' words, phrases, structures and ideas for the children to independently apply these into their own writing.
Reading into Writing
Here, at Foley Park, we love using reading to inspire writing and so you will find that many of our units are inspired by a range of quality texts. We are great fans of 'magpieing' words, phrases, structures and ideas from skilled authors and we find this helps us to write with greatest impact and effect.
Talk for Writing
This is a tool that we often use when wanting to develop non-fiction writing. We enjoy how Pie Corbett uses fictional themes for non-fcition writing, so that the focus is on the vocabulary, structure and layout rather than focusing soley on facts. We use this well to engage children, with different styles of writing and with different purposes.
Children are expected to write frequently in a range of forms. This may be responses to a text, considering text feature grids, short writing tasks such as writing as a character description, or writing a whole story or report as an extended piece of writing. At Foley Park, we don’t teach specific genres of writing; we teach purposes for writing which are: to entertain, to inform, to explain and to discuss.
Where appropriate, literacy units will link to creative curriculum themes to promote cross curricular learning. We want to immerse our children in their learning and so we aim to plan for units of writing that compliment the learning challenge across our curriculum.