We love writing at The Willows and take pride in providing creative learning opportunities for our children.
We teach writing using the Talk for Writing model and have taken part in the Primary Writing Project to further develop our skills ensuring that our children have the best possible Writing provision.
We use Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett. This approach supports children to read and write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Each half term children in KS1 and KS2 complete units in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
The units focus on imaginative, engaging and vocabulary rich texts which the children rehearse and internalise. Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key vocabulary and structures within a text through fun activities, mapping out the text and fast paced grammar games. This is followed by close reading of the text, which allows children to think deeply about the toolkit used for each genre of writing. Once the children are familiar with their text model, they are supported, by shared writing, to create their own version of the text. The approach gradually moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write effectively and creatively.
Across KS1, we now use Twinkl spellings which are in line with National Curriculum requirements. The programme includes everything required to introduce and develop dictation, common exception words, spelling strategies, tricky words and much more. As children enter KS1, they are expected to recognise how words are spelt and to recognise spelling patterns.
Spelling forms an important part of our daily phonics and guided reading sessions and by doing it in this way, it ensures that the spellings our pupils practise and take home are matched to the phonics phase they are on.
Parents and carers are encouraged to practise sets of weekly spellings with their child at home and can access additional resources via the Twinkl website to further reinforce their learning.
Across KS2, we use Spelling Shed to support spelling in school and at home. The scheme of work gives an organised progression through the Spelling and Grammar objectives outlined in the English National Curriculum. Spelling Shed provides spelling word lists for pupils that follow a systematic progression of phonics and word study skills typically addressed within each year group.
Children receive two spellings sessions weekly which enable them to practise spellings in and out of context as well as having the opportunity to enjoy playing a range of fun games to support their developing knowledge and understanding of a wide range of spelling rules and patterns.