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St Chad's Church of England Primary and Nursery School

Writing

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Writing is led by Mrs Stead

At St Chad's we are always looking for exciting, real life opportunities to engage our children in purposeful writing experiences.

Our writing units are intertwined with our curriculum to ensure they offer plenty of opportunities for research and application of skills.

Intent

Our intent is to promote high standards of language and literacy, spelling, writing, speaking and listening. We aim to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment and a text based approach.

Implementation

At St Chad’s we use quality texts to explore all elements of writing. We us poetry, drama and role play to explore characters, concepts and emotions and work collaborative. High quality teaching will develop pupils competence in transcription and composition and they will be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. Pupils will be taught to use the elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation correctly and to understand and use Standard English in their speaking and writing.

Impact

English is the most important subject taught in this school. All the skills of English are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, will learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently.

Pathways to Write

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From Reception to Year 6, we follow Pathways to Write. This works with an exciting book at the heart of each termly unit. From this children discover new skills and genres whilst builing on and consolidating their prior learning.

The 'pathway' is spilt into three catergoies

  • Gateway Keys
  • Mastery Keys
  • Feature Keys

To continue along the 'pathway' their end goal, children must be skilled in using all of the keys taught to them. Children then have a chance to show off these skills through a number of extended writing tasks and, at the end of the unit, a write away task to show case their learning.

We also supplement each term with a poetry unit linked to our Pathways text, to ensure children are exposed to a wealth of exciting poetry.

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To address gaps in learning we use the Pathways to Progress to supplement our writing units. 

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During the Corona virus lockdown, we ensured that our skills and coverage were maintained through using Pathways to Home Learning.

Spelling

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From Reception to Year 2 we follow Floppy's Phonics to aid with our spelling.

From Year 2 onward we use the Pathways to Spell spelling programme, along with a varitey of spelling games and activties.

Handwriting

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At St Chad's we hold presentation and handwriting in high regard and are proud of our books and the work we produce.

To aid in the teaching of handwriting we follow the Nelson Handwriting programme.

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