At Grove House, we have followed the Talk 4 Writing approach to the teaching and learning of writing. As we have moved along our journey, we have recognised the need for our writers to be even more creative in their writing, having more freedom to develop their own style. Our new approach has been trailed in years 2,5 and 6 and is due to be rolled out to the other year groups over the spring term.

Our new approach is used to teach writing is a personalised approach based around best practice taken from ‘The Write Stuff’. Texts which are used to inspire writing, are broken down into ‘plot points’, providing children with a focus for each lesson. Children then follow a method called ‘sentence stacking’. Sentence stacking refers to the fact that sentences are grouped together chronologically or organisationally to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can apply immediately to their writing. Children learn to sentence stack, focusing on the style of the author and impact of words and sentences. The planning of these sentences is based on the teacher’s assessment of the children’s learning needs and the grammar and punctuation coverage shown in our carefully crafted Long Term Plans.

The use of engaging, relevant and high quality texts is central to our writing curriculum. These act as stimuli for children to develop and extend their writing skills. Children are provided with opportunities to write for lots of different purposes, for example: to entertain, to inform and to persuade and also take into account the audience in which they are writing for.

Vocabulary development is a key focus of our writing curriculum. The use of high quality texts and our bespoke ‘vocabulary strategy’ exposes children to challenging vocabulary, which they are able to ‘magpie’ in their own pieces of writing.

Throughout the writing process, children learn to apply appropriate spellings, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary within a context which allows children to see the relevance of the skills they are practising. Following a scaffolded piece of writing, children will then apply the essential skills they have learnt to a more independent piece of writing. Children are encouraged to see writing as a journey; re-drafting and editing using their ‘Purple Polishing Pens’ and using personalised targets to improve their writing.

Handwriting is taught discretely using LetterJoin, which supports children in being able to join fluently. Spelling rules are matched to the National Curriculum and Spelling Shed is used for children to practise spellings both at home and in school.

Our long term plans for writing, can be found on our class pages.