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Writing at Hayfield Cross

Please also see our Intent-Implementation-Impact statement for Writing and all subjects which can be found under the Curriculum tab in 'Curriculum Statements'

At Hayfield Cross we aim to develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for children, understanding the language will provide access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Our aim is for our children to be empowered to be able to articulate their thoughts and imagination through speaking, listening and writing. By the end of their time with us, our intention is for all children to have been exposed to a wealth of high quality texts from a range of different genres. All children will explore a range of writing purposes- to entertain, to inform, to persuade and to discuss. Our English lessons ensure that children develop an understanding of these purposes.

Shared and modelled writing takes place within English lessons across the whole school. Children will have an opportunity to explore high quality modelled writing as well as practising writing skills to share their own ideas. Writing, grammar, handwriting and spelling skills have been mapped out across the years to ensure children are progressively supported and challenged. These skills will be taught for an hour each day to allow children to develop and embed them. Children in EYFS are given opportunities throughout their continuous provision to practise and explore taught skills.

As part of our ‘Be Brave’ curriculum and our school vision, the children will explore high quality texts through a range of experiences including art and drama. Lessons are designed to engage children in their learning and add meaning to what they are writing. Our intention is that children develop and understanding of the purpose of writing and are able to use this throughout their lives. These different experiences, alongside high quality writing lessons are then used to plan, draft and edit independent pieces of writing. This gives the children an understanding of the writing process that authors experience in the real world.

Teachers use independent pieces of writing to assess children’s attainment and understanding what their next steps are in terms of support and challenge. Children are given targets which are referred to in every lesson and are displayed in  the classroom as a reference for children to use during every writing opportunity they are presented with.