Teachers provide writing scaffolds and success criteria to ensure consistency and progress throughout the school following the targets set out by the National Curriculum 2014.
English across the curriculum
In order to provide high quality provision and to improve standards in English, we integrate English across the curriculum. All children are given regular opportunities for extended writing in: History, Geography, RE and Science through our topic based Cornerstones curriculum.
Assessment of Writing
Writing is a central part of the curriculum and involves a series of complex skills that need structured teaching and practice to come to fruition. From Y1 –Y6, children follow a framework that enables them to experience and write in all the genres. Each child is given an Assessment Book in Y1 which stays with them though out the school. All writing assessments are written into this book and this forms the child’s writing story and record of progress.
Moderation takes place between year groups every half term and with Senior Leaders every term. Year 2 and Year 6 use the ITAF to review and assess writing whilst other year groups use internal moderation assessment grids which outline Age Related Expectations according to the National Curriculum and school based expectations.
Talk for Writing KS1
Talk for Writing is powerful because it enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style. Firstly there is a 'Cold Task' to assess what prior knowledge children already have and this informs teachers of the success criteria they will need to collate to cater for groups of children. There are then three stages of teaching:
- Imitation - the children learn a text and the language they need
- Innovation - the children adapt the model text with ideas of their own
- Invention - the children create their own text using the language and skills that the model taught them.
Children then complete a final piece of work which is assessed, this is the 'Hot Task'.
Superhero Writing EYFS/Year 1
Children in EYFS and Year 1 are encouraged to be a Superhero writer after every finished piece of writing. To be a superhero writer there is a set of success criteria which need to be followed;
- To use capital letters
- To use full stops
- To use finger spaces
- To use sounds
- To use tricky words
- To use cursive handwriting
- To use exclamation marks, question marks and speech marks (summer term for EYFS).
We share the Superhero writing video at the beginning of the lesson to outline the success criteria. Then after writing the Superhero writer is announced at the end of each lesson with superhero music and the children all celebrate as a class. We then share the pupils piece of work and explain how they met the success criteria. The work is displayed for the week with their picture alongside and they can wear the special Superhero cape for the rest of the day.