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A highquality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are constructed similarly to those for

  • transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

It is essential that teaching develops pupils’ competence in these two 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.
(National Curriculum 2014)

Intent Statement

At St Gabriel’s it is our aim that all pupils enjoy the writing process and produce work that is of a high quality. We support our pupils’ written work by planning sequences of lessons using high quality texts as stimuli. Teachers model and scaffold writing to support all learners. Through modelling, encountering high quality language and discussion, pupils will have the ability to write coherently, clearly and adapt their language style to a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

We use the Read Write Inc Spelling scheme in Years 2 to 6. This builds on the prior teaching of phonics. Through this discreet teaching programme, spelling is taught cumulatively and systematically and reinforced through homework.

We follow the Nelson Handwriting scheme from Reception to Year 6. This is a wholeschool programme designed to provide consistency and help all children develop a confident, legible and personal handwriting style.

In Early Years, children will develop word reading, comprehension and writing skills through the Literacy area of learning

Intended Impact

During the children’s learning journey at St Gabriel’s, our intended impact of the teaching of writing is to ensure that children:

  • read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to selfmonitor and correct.
  • have an interest in books and to read for enjoyment.
  • show an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • understand a range of text types and genres be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently



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Pupil Views

I like writing my letters and learning to do them the right way!

Year 1

We use our Word of the Week in our work. We make sure we know what it means. This week it was ‘anxious'.

Year 3

We’ve been learning how to edit our writing so it makes sense, check our spellings are correct and make sure our handwriting is really neat!

Year 4

We know how to write a myth set in Ancient Greece. We’ve been choosing our adverbs and
expanded noun phrases to make sure our reader is entertained. We story-mapped the resolution and ending. Our teacher modelled the story and now we can write our own.

Year 5

We wrote a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II for the Book of Condolence. We had to make carefully chosen, formal language choices.

Year 6