What’s going on with WRITING?
Here at John Clifford, we believe that writing is one of the most important things we teach. We believe that all good writing needs time and preparation. All writers, whether they are creating a story, a poem, a report or even a song will go through a process of planning, writing and editing their work. You would have to be a genius to sit down to a blank sheet of paper and produce a final draft straight off!
Often using a really good quality whole-class book as a stimulus, over the course of a week, or maybe two, our English lessons include: reading and researching time, the creation of word banks, exploration of grammar features of similar texts, planning and structuring time and independent writing. There is then a very important further lesson for appraising, editing and revising work. Sometimes there is a final part of the process - publishing - where pupils focus on their handwriting and presentation skills. We write about all kinds of interesting things and for all kinds of different purposed and audiences. More often than not, writing outcomes are linked with the many exciting topics taught across the school.
There are so many aspects to successful writing. And that is why we continue to use the Rainbow Grammar approach to help children understand how sentences are structured. Spelling is taught throughout the school and our Sounds and Syllables method of spelling builds on and further develops the children's knowledge of phonics acquired in Key Stage 1.
Writing can be, for many children, one of the more challenging subjects to learn at school but through a careful balance of support and challenge, we believe that all children can produce work to be proud of.