At St Anne’s we want our children to enjoy writing in a range of genres, selecting appropriate vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. We will teach them how to improve their writing so that they have the ability to write in a range of genres for the enjoyment of themselves and others.
We recognise the importance of the relationship between reading and writing because we know that when reading and writing are taught together, the benefits are greater than when they are taught separately. Therefore, we ensure a throughout the year children cover a number of text-based units. These units focus on carefully selected high quality texts. Children are immersed into the text through a variety of approaches which then allows children to deepen their understanding of texts and provides a meaningful context for writing.
The Writing Process
Time is prioritised to focus on developing the writing process with children as they move through the school. The key elements of the writing process are planning, drafting, editing and revising, proofread and then publishing or sharing.
Modelling is a key element in the teaching of the writing process, with teachers using 'think out loud' to guide children through how to craft a piece of writing. By modelling, the expert writer lets less experienced writers in on the big secret … What is going on in the head of a more experienced writer? By modelling, we demonstrate options for planning, strategic problem solving, self-monitoring, reviewing, revising and proofreading. We also show how techniques can be used or applied; we work through challenges and teach good grammar. And we do it all within the context of authentic writing!