Children are taught to write through a wide range of genres. These genres are mapped out on our English Curriculum Overview. Throughout KS1 and KS2, teachers expose the children to a variety of different lessons during a 2/3-week block of writing. These lessons may include: analysing texts, discussing features, creating word banks, planning, drafting and editing. At the end of a writing block, the children have the opportunity to make any final improvements and present their work to the highest possible standard. This also gives a chance to the teacher to assess the child's writing. Built within these sessions are opportunities to teach related punctuation and grammar skills. Punctuation and grammar is also taught discretely through our early morning basic skills sessions.

Teachers aim to build their writing lessons around the class reader or the topic focus. It gives the children a sense of purpose when writing - a fundamental part of being a successful writer. 

Writing is marked using purple pens. Children have the opportunity to improve their writing using green editing pens, this may be independent editing or guided by the teacher. Children also assess their own writing against the success criteria for that session.

What We Expect Of Our Writers By The Time They Leave New Close:

- The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum. - A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing. - A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description. - Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures. - Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelt correctly and neat. - A love of writing in all its forms.