Talk for Writing
Scargill Church of England Primary School
Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum at Scargill. By the end of Year Six, we intend our children to have developed a love of writing and to be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through the written word. We also intend to create writers who can re-read, edit and improve their own writing, and enable pupils to be able to use confidently the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. At Scargill, we set high expectations for all our children to take pride in their work and have a fluent, cursive handwriting style alongside allowing their imaginations to flourish.
Talk for Writing
Writing is evident in every aspect of our curriculum and varying text types are taught throughout the school. The objectives of the National Curriculum are closely followed to ensure that the skills learnt in spelling, punctuation and grammar are embedded and transferred into writing. Lessons are carefully planned so that skills are taught, embedded, revisited and then developed in a sequential way which promotes learning and retention of knowledge and skills. ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies are used throughout the school to support the teaching of writing.
Grammar and Punctuation
Grammar is taught in context throughout all Talk for Writing units using the Talk for Writing grammar progression document and the writing progression document. From Reception onwards, teachers use the correct technical vocabulary in their teaching to encourage the correct use of these terms by children.
At Scargill, spellings are taught using the No Nonsense Spelling approach. The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings. This begins in Year 2 as soon as children are secure with Phonics. Lessons are taught discreetly; daily in Y2 and 5x across a two week period in KS2.
At Scargill, we use Nelson Handwriting. This is a whole school programme designed to help all children develop a confident, legible and personal handwriting style and meet higher curriculum expectations. The programme includes resources for pattern practice, motor skills and fun activities to bring handwriting to life. Handwriting is taught discreetly in daily 10 minute sessions until a fluent and personal style is developed.
Pupils will make good progress from their own personal starting points. By the end of Year Six they will be able to write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our pupils will acquire a wide vocabulary and have a strong command of the written word. Most importantly, they will develop a love of writing and be well equipped for the rest of their education.