At Nanpean School, we understand that writing is a vital part of the curriculum that gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world. We are driven by the knowledge of the need to develop a learner’s writing ability to enable them to play a full part in society and be successful in their later life. Writing forms a significant part of all subjects across the curriculum that enable pupils to communicate with others and write for a range of purposes.
It is our vision that every child will learn to become writers by being given inspiring materials and opportunities to support and challenge them. We believe this encouragement will enable them to become confident, capable, enthusiastic writers who will use writing to express themselves and understand that writing has a real purpose.
We are determined to support every child to learn the fundamental skills needed to write at Nanpean School and therefore aim to support our pupils to:
- Acquire a wide vocabulary
- Have an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for writing and spoken language
- Appreciate our rich and varied literacy heritage including those with links to the local community
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently
- Adapt language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
The teaching of writing at Nanpean School develops pupils’ competence in transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). Writing ideas fluently depends on effective transcription. Therefore, we follow clear and structured methods (PenPals for Handwriting and Spelling Shed for Spelling) to teach these skills explicitly.
We understand that through understanding the language, pupils can access the whole curriculum. Teachers develop pupils’ spoken language and view vocabulary as an integral aspect of the teaching of every subject. They explicitly teach the vocabulary needed across all subjects during vocabulary starters.
Knowledge of grammar and punctuation is needed for pupils to write with control and accuracy. These programmes of study are explicitly taught using correct grammatical terms on a weekly basis. As well as this, they are integrated within the teaching and learning of everyday lessons.
As a school, we understand that good writers draw from linguistic knowledge and knowledge of the world. Throughout the school we teach English through ‘The Power of Reading’ programme, alongside our very clear and structured methods for teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. ‘The Power of Reading’ scheme has transformed the way teachers teach and the way children feel about reading and writing. Children engage with high quality picture books, novels, poetry and non-fiction through a wide range of teaching approaches. Over a half-term, children are immersed into the text through art, drama, discussion and role play. Children take ownership of the text and engage with it deeply giving meaning and purpose to what they are reading and writing.
This clear, sequenced approach ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year to maximise learning for all children. Our pupils experience opportunities to write texts across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of the local area and community as well as the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of writing for a variety of purposes and audiences, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.
At Nanpean School, we are passionate about ensuring that by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to write fluently and with confidence in any subject, ready for the next steps of their education and life.