Our Writing Curriculum
At The Winns, we aim to give our children a writing curriculum which enables them to become confident, creative and independent writers who are well able to articulate their own ideas. We support our children to develop transferable skills which they can use across the wider curriculum and throughout their lives. We use educational visits, high quality literature, film, art and music as stimuli for writing which links learning to real life experience and provides a contextualised, meaningful curriculum. Our children leave with a strong independent writer’s voice and the technical skills necessary to communicate clearly in the modern world.
In Key Stages 1 and 2, children follow the national curriculum through genre-mapped units devised by the school. It is text, image and experience based with some units linking to other areas of our wider curriculum. This gives children a broad base of knowledge, facts, vocabulary, real life experience and a context to base their writing on. Grammar is mapped by genre and year group, based on the new National Curriculum expectations. Children revisit these genres across the year and their school-life in order to deepen their mastery. In Key Stage 1, children focus on a more narrow range of genres heavily based on familiar stories, experiences and knowledge so that they can concentrate more fully on developing the craft of writing. During Key Stage 2, children broaden their experience of different genres and have the opportunity to develop their writing skills across a range of subjects.
Within each style of writing, children follow a similar path:
- Immersion; discussing and investigating the features of the genre and ideas for writing
- Organising and planning their own writing, including honing key skills
- Writing a first draft
- Editing and improving with support from their teacher and peers
- Reflecting on their improvement comments and finally redrafting their work.