At Rockmount, writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum.
Our intention is for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.
In order to help us to develop confident, enthusiastic writers who can express themselves in a variety of different styles and across a variety of contexts, our teaching of writing is often cross circular and linked to our class topics.
We provide children with:
- Regular opportunities to write for a range of purposes and audiences.
- Writing tasks which are specific and meaningful, and often meet a purpose to engage children and to illustrate how their writing skills can be applied to real life contexts.
- Individual targets and points for improvement to ensure progress and target areas for support.
- The opportunity to engage in early mark making, then when the children begin Ruth Miskin phonics (RML), lessons they are taught the correct letter formations.
- Access to RML sound mats or year group spelling lists when they are writing, whether this is with the teacher, in continuous provision or independently.
- Weekly spelling lessons linked to the National Curriculum spelling lists.
- Constructive feedback and the opportunity to talk to an adult about their writing.