Writing at Bransty
Our writing curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
• start to become writers by making meaningful marks, write and form letters accurately and use their phonetic knowledge in the words they write
• are able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing
• acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in primary school.
• write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
• follow the Penpals handwriting scheme throughout the school
• refine and edit their writing over time by developing independence in identifying their own areas for improvement, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process.
At Bransty Primary School, our children begin their writing journey in the EYFS using a combination of Read, Write, Inc and elements of the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, where appropriate alongside ‘Talk through Stories’ to teach children to be writers.
Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.
The principles behind Talk for Writing continue in Years 1 and 2 where children are introduced to the CUSP materials for our writing curriculum alongside Read, Write, Inc. From Year 3 onwards, we base our writing on the CUSP materials. These consist of ambitious model texts that children use as a stimulus for their own writing. Specific grammar and punctuation teaching is integrated into the learning sequences and children produce a piece of independent writing at the end of each sequence.