Let your light shine like a writer!
“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”
Martin Luther King
Learning to write is a key aspect of everyday life. Through our engaging and innovative writing curriculum we aspire to develop in our children a love of literacy and 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 so that each piece is the best it can be according to their ability and is better than the last. We intend to teach our pupils to confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. At Tritlington we set high expectations for all our children to take pride in their work and develop a fluent, cursive handwriting style alongside allowing their imaginations to flourish.
Subject leaders from Tritlington have worked with colleagues across the Morpeth Partnership to create long term subject specific plans that show clear progression of knowledge and skills from EYFS through to Year 13.
Our Class teachers use these to inform their medium term planning. We use a wide variety of quality texts to motivate and inspire our children. We ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study.
There are various strands to English teaching, including oracy, reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation. These are addressed every week in English lessons.
In Early Years and Key Stage One our English lessons are largely based on responding to quality texts, particularly picture books. Teachers share a book and then focus on different responses with the children, such as prediction, retelling and innovating. In Key Stage Two children are more able to read texts themselves or within guided sessions, to respond in writing to show their comprehension, and to use their reading materials as a stimulus for their own writing.
Our pupils make good progress from their own personal starting points and some progress further.
By the time they leave Year 4 they will be effective writers who have:
The ability to write clearly and accurately with interesting detail
A developing imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing
A well developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques
Well organised and structures writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures
Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat
Most importantly they will develop a love of writing and be well equipped for the next stage of their learning journey at middle school.