Composition and Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
At The Grange Primary School, we believe that every child can develop the tools needed to become an effective writer. By following the ‘The Write Stuff’ approach to writing by Jane Considine, our pupils are offered a wide range of opportunities to develop their skills, read texts as a writer and write texts as a reader, through a clear and systemic approach to the teaching and learning of composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Each year group from FS2-Y6 has six carefully chosen and tailored half-termly units which meet and exceed the requirements of the National Curriculum for English, offering our pupils exposure to a range of genres and text-types. Each unit is based on a high-quality text, linking to topics where appropriate, and the teaching sequence increases confidence, enthusiasm and independence through modelled sentence stacking sessions and engaging experience sessions. As a result, our pupils are engaged with the content and purpose for writing whilst developing an understanding of the power of vocabulary, sentence structure and layout. Throughout the teaching sequence, pupils are offered opportunities for continuous reflection and evaluation through self and peer assessment, further developing their resilience, communication and critique skills to produce high-quality writing.
At the end of each unit, pupils have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a piece of independent writing, which is then assessed against National Curriculum expectations.
Additional and appropriate Write Stuff units are used to facilitate English across the curriculum. In addition to the half-termly being taught, our pupils are offered discrete vocabulary, grammar and punctuation lessons which supplement the teaching and learning in each year group, offering challenge and support to our pupils in becoming confident, effective writers.
How Parents Can Support
- Read and discuss a range of fiction and non-fiction texts with your child at home to expose them to different sentence structures, text layouts and vocabulary. Please see https://www.booksfortopics.com/ and https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/reading-spine for further guidance on appropriate key texts.
- Use the free library service to access a range of resources to support your child with writing.
- Support your child in practising their set spellings for homework. Use letter sounds rather than letter names with their children at home. This will avoid confusion for the children and will reinforce the learning being done at school.
- Offer your child the opportunity to write for pleasure with different writing tools for a range of purposes (e.g. write own party invitations, write a bedtime story).
- Use the resources available in the home-school links book to practise spelling in line with National Curriculum expectations for their year group.