Writing at Chigwell Row Infant School
Our writing lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and grammar. Writing is also taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with all areas of the curriculum. For example in history, RE, PSHCE and science.
To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We use talk for writing to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences. On a fortnightly basis, Writer of the week is awarded to a child in each class whose work has reached or exceeded the expected standard. Handwriting sessions are incorporated into the English lessons. A range of extra activities are used to promote literacy within the school including theme days, forest school, off-site visits, World Book Day and author visits.
We use very high quality texts, linked to our curriculum topics and review them regularly. These enjoyable and meaningful books texts will form the basis for our writing lessons.Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure across all subjects and to read widely.
In Key Stage One, this Autumn Term we will be looking at:
The Smartest Giant in Town - Julia Donaldson
The Jolly Postman - Janet and Alan Aldburgh
Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Traditional tales
Bears and other animals - Information, non-fiction books
The Feelings Monster and the Feelings Monster Goes to School
Jesus, his friends and Christmas- Bible stories
Link to the National Curriculum for writing in Key Stage One
(Year 1 & 2)
Link to "Development Matters" curriculum framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS/Reception)