At Mosspits Lane Primary School, we use the following programmes to deliver the DfE's programme of study for English (2014) to underpin our teaching of Writing across KS1 and 2.
The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are constructed similarly to those for reading:
It is essential that teaching develops pupils’ competence in these 2 dimensions.
In addition, pupils should be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. These aspects of writing have been incorporated into the programmes of study for composition.
Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words.
Effective composition involves articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.
To support the development of writing, schoolwide, we organise blocks of learning into specific genres. Allthough the English curriculum is skills-based, using genres enables pupils to vary their writing and write for different purposes. The genres have been chosen so that they are revisited across phases to build progression and consolidate learning.
Genres studied are:
Non-fiction: Instructions, Information texts/non-chronological reports, Recounts, Persuasive texts, Argument/discussion, Newspaper reports, Diary/Letter recounts. See the English map below for text genres studied for Writing.
For more information on Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary and Grammar and Handwriting, see separate sections under 'English'.