“It is essential that teaching develops pupils’ competence in these two dimensions (transcription and composition). In addition, pupils should be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.” (DfE 2013)
Writing - To become competent in transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing: planning, revising and evaluating writing).
Following the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum, at Bolsover Church of England Junior School, we endeavour to stimulate a life–long love of writing. We provide our pupils with the knowledge and skills in order for them to become effective communicators in the world beyond Bolsover.
It is our intention to ensure that reading and writing are interconnected so that children can make purposeful links across their learning. It is for this reason that we place a significant focus on the study of literature from across the ages and genres. Our writing is underpinned by the standards of reading in our school, which supports vocabulary and the understanding of conventions and structures of a range of text genres. Vocabulary rich books are chosen to both stimulate and challenge the children, leading to high-quality writing outcomes.
Our writing curriculum also builds on the development of accuracy in spelling and developing a progressive understanding of grammar and punctuation, which enables our pupils to clearly, accurately and coherently explain and write down their understanding and ideas.
Our pupils are given the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences. They develop this knowledge around three key aspects:
- Authorial intent (purpose)
- Precise and ambitious use of vocabulary
We want children to write clearly, accurately and coherently and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time at our school. Furthermore, we recognise that handwriting is part of our daily lives; it is on show to others and may be used to make judgements about us. Therefore, we encourage our pupils to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a legible, joined, handwriting style.