Writing is a developmental process; pupils require frequent opportunities to write for a range of purposes and to experiment with different forms. We aim for Hever pupils to become confident, independent writers who are reflective about the process, content and accuracy of their written communication.
We have a systematic approach, we revisit key learning and build upon it in all areas from phonics, through to grammar and spelling.
Teachers use the 'Write Stuff Sentence Stacking' approach to teaching writing. This provides the pupils with the opportunity to practice skills through small learning chunks before transferring those skills to independent writing. To assist in this process, teachers use live modelling.
We use high quality texts to support writing and examples are modelled through collaborative writing to demonstrate good practice. The pupils are also encouraged to share example of their own writing. The pupils are provided with dedicated time to plan, edit and revise. They create or are given success criteria to self-assess or peer assess, when appropriate so they can self-evaluate effectively. We mark extended pieces of work using the Write Stuff Marking System. This approach to marking encourages independence when finding errors.
Pupils at Hever also take part in a whole school BIG write in terms 2, 4 and 6. It is based on the premise that to write well pupils need to feel confident and motivated. pupils are encouraged to: talk about their writing; discover new and exciting vocabulary; use a range of interesting punctuation; write for an extended period of time (to build stamina); and re-read and improve writing.
We teach SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) as part of our Write Stuff Scheme and also through Rising Stars Spelling resources.
We use the Letter Join system to teach handwriting.
Pupils will make good progress from their own personal starting points. By the end of Year Six they will be able to write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our pupils will acquire a wide vocabulary and have a strong command of the written word. Most importantly, they will develop a love of writing and be well equipped for the rest of their education.