At St John the Baptist, we aim to give our children a writing curriculum which enables them to become confident, creative and independent writers who are able to transfer their skills throughout the curriculum and their lives. Our children can articulate their own ideas and all learning links pupils’ real life experiences, trips, high quality literature or film to provide a contextual and meaningful curriculum.
EYFS follow the Essentials English programme that depicts a structured, progressive reading and writing programme, linked to children’s topic and developments.
In KS1 and 2, children follow the national curriculum through a genre-mapped writing cycle devised by the school. It is text based and we try to link texts to the current History, Geography or Science curriculum. This gives children a broad base of knowledge, facts, vocabulary, real life experience and context to base their writing on. Grammar is mapped by genre and year group, based on the new National Curriculum expectations. Spelling and handwriting sessions occur frequently through the week.
Children follow a five-day cycle, practising their sentence and narrative structures by retelling traditional tales, well-known stories and new, exciting narratives.
Children follow an eight-day cycle, structuring their thinking and planning to produce texts of different genres, usually based on their current History, Geography or Science unit or current affairs. Children apply their increasing grammatical knowledge to their writing and begin to develop their writer’s voice.
Click here for outlines for fundamentals on SPaG for each year group