Every Writer at Yeo Moor:
The Yeo Moor writing curriculum is intended to give our children the skills and practice needed to write with precision, control and accuracy. All children will be taught the skills of transcription (handwriting and spelling), composition (planning, drafting, and editing) and the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation of high quality writing We recognise that good readers become good writers and we use high quality texts to inspire our writing curriculum.
Writing is a means of expression and a communication tool. Learning to write is a complex process and it is essential that our children understand how the writing process develops from initial ideas through to consciously controlled word and sentence choices. Being able to write clearly and effectively is essential to academic success.
In the writing curriculum at Yeo Moor there are three key strands. These are outlined below.
Transcription includes the physical skill of handwriting as well as spelling. When children can write fluently and spell accurately, they are able to focus more on the composition of writing. In EYFS, the focus is on letter formation. In Year 1, the children are introduced to joins so that by the time they leave KS1, they understand how to join all letters. Spelling is taught with a phonics first approach and the use of golden owls and Heron spellings certificates raise the profile of spelling in the school. Our aim is for all children to write with joined up handwriting by the time they start in KS2 and for spelling to match the national curriculum expectations for all year groups.
Composition is all about the thinking and ideas behind writing in addition to knowing the features of different text types. It is essential that they use what they have learned in their reading and from studying existing texts, to create their own writing with a purpose and audience. Children need to have opportunities to talk about their ideas in the planning stage, to have access to good quality models for writing to help them in the drafting stage and be taught the necessary skills to enable them to edit their writing effectively.
Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
A confident writer is able to select from appropriate grammar and vocabulary to suit the purpose and audience. They have an awareness of the level of formality required for the text type. We encourage children to read their writing aloud to that they can ‘hear’ the text and this helps them to demarcate sentences. Learning how to edit writing is an essential skill and we teach the children how to do this. Our aim is for children to leave KS2 being able to have conscious control over sentence structure and to have an understanding of the full range of punctuation.
The end of year expectations for a writer are listed in the yearly overview and assessment documents. Click the relevant year group to view or download:
Our "reading-inspiring-writing" approach follows a set of core texts to inspire writers in each year group: