At South Lake Primary School, we strive to provide all our pupils with a high-quality education in English, that will enable them to confidently communicate their knowledge, creative thinking and emotions effectively through their writing. We are determined to support our children in developing their vocabulary, their grammatical understanding and acquiring the knowledge of spelling patterns and rules they learn through their time at South Lake.
In the National Curriculum (September 2014), the programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2 in writing consists of 2 dimensions:
- transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
In addition, pupils need to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.
At South Lake we recognise the importance of equipping our pupils with a sound knowledge of the relationship between phonics, word structure and spelling structures.
Each year group teaches these specific features from the statutory programmes of study for spelling, grammar and punctuation (see attachments below)
All KS2 pupils will now have access to the Spelling Shed platform, following a successful trial in Year 6.
Here are some of their comments:
"Spelling Shed has helped me get 100% in my spelling tests and I can use them in my writing as well!"
"The competition is tough but really fun and my spellings have really improved"
Guidance will be provided to the pupils and more information will be sent out shortly.
Throughout school, we adopt a cursive handwriting style, not only to aid children’s presentation but also to support motor memory for the ‘feel’ of words which supports and enhances children’s spelling.
At South Lake we are striving to increase our pupil’s knowledge and use of high-quality vocabulary and recognise the value of attending to vocabulary development. Across the curriculum and embedded in all lessons, pupils are taught subject specific words (Tier 2) and high frequency words used in written texts (Tier 3).
We understand the importance of providing children with a purpose and audience for their writing and introduce new units through interesting and creative ‘hooks’ which will engage the children from the beginning.
All children are provided with opportunities to plan and create effective compositions, refining their writing through a progression of editing strategies and gaining an understanding of the features of different genres of writing.
We maintain the importance of 'oracy' is fundamental in supporting our pupil's writing, allowing opportunities to enhance children's vocabulary; understand the relationship between words and supporting them in consciously controlling their speaking and writing using Standard English.
From year 1 - 6 we follow a sequence of lessons:
Starting from Year 2, each year group has a list of writing non-negotiables. They are primarily punctuation — except for the correct use of past and present tense — and refer to the children’s ability to be able to use the relevant punctuation consistently and accurately by the specified point in the child’s education. If a child is not displaying the ability to use a non- negotiable element of punctuation, immediate strategies are put in place to support the child in achieving them.
At South Lake Primary School, we believe that the most effective way of ensuring progress is providing timely and focused feedback. Feedback is given verbally or in writing, in groups or individually.
If children are to develop as independent learners, with an awareness of their own strengths and areas for development, it is essential that:
- They are made aware of learning objectives using language they can understand (e.g. My Learning:) and any feedback will be focused on the objective or success criteria for that unit of work
- The learning needs of individual children are understood, and work and feedback are appropriate
- Value is placed on instant feedback during a lesson and at the start of the following lesson
- Teachers check work each day and use the information they gather to ensure the next day’s planning is tailored to the needs of the children
- Children are taught to self and peer evaluate (see separate editing policy) and to improve their confidence in reviewing their own work
- Children will be gradually trained to identify their own success and improvement needs either alone or with peers (see editing policy).
- Basic skills of presentation, transcription, number and letter formation and sentence construction are taught as ‘non-negotiables’; children will be expected to edit their own work to the agreed standards before presenting it to the teacher. SEE FEEDBACK POLICY BELOW.