“Sometimes the ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. Writing is a mysterious process, but I hope I never find out exactly how it works. I like a mystery, as you may have noticed.” J.K. Rowling
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world” Malala Yousafzai
The strands of the English National Curriculum
read easily, fluently and with good understanding
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
The strands of the English National Curriculum for Writing
The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:
transcription (spelling and handwriting)
composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
Our Vision for Writing…
We have carefully selected high quality texts that give our children the inspiration and motivation to write for different purposes through a genre rich curriculum. Writing at Eaves is at the heart of our curriculum and our aim is to create life-long, responsible and skilled writers that are ready to tackle the written world. We aim is to ensure that when our children leave this primary phase they are fully equipped in their ability to write for many different purposes understanding the importance of their reader whether they are writing to entertain, inform or debate they will have the correct skill set to do so.
Why is Writing important?
Writing is a vehicle in which children can explore the curriculum, the world around them and delve into the deepest depths of their own curiosity and wonder. The impact of a positive writing culture allows our children to experience the true value of the written word both within the classroom and the wider community including author experience days, celebrating writing through the Town Hall debate sessions in which children are able to put their persuasive writing skills to the test, The St Helens Buzz Festival and our very own Eaves poetry evenings in which children really develop an understanding of the their audience. Through developing skilled writers our children will be able to confidently navigate their own independent learning journey and apply their skills across the curriculum and in real life situations.
What Writing looks like…
At Eaves we aim to inspire all children to become responsible, highly skilled and fluent writers. It is through our rigorous genre led curriculum that is established in our early years setting and continues to bubble and build every year stretching beyond their primary phase. Our genre led writing is inspired through the use of high quality picture books, videos, images and extracts. This allows the children to become fully engrossed within a theme without the constraints of a chapter book. The children are guided through their writing journey through exploration of vocabulary, writing styles (grammar) and genre specific features (structure) in a review, build, apply and bubble model- composition is at the heart. The high quality modelling of writing allows the children to be exposed to the inner thought process of the writing mind and this is used to model both the planning and application side of writing. The children will also be exposed to the high quality vocabulary that lies within their class reading text allowing the connections between reading and writing. Writing is always something that we celebrate at Eaves especially the purposeful application of writing. We enjoy sharing this passion with the children and our community through our annual poetry evening and our poetry buzz competition with our fellow network schools. We also enjoy writing reviews for the Blue Peter book of the year awards—BASH festival at the library in which we read, discuss and learn how to write meaningful reviews, this celebration is often met with a session with an author and illustrator allowing the children to develop their passion and knowledge of writing even further. We also encourage children to write written applications for the different jobs in the classroom and around school.