At Whitehall Park, it is our vision that every child will learn to become writers by being given exciting, inspiring and original materials and opportunities to support and challenge them. We believe this encouragement will enable them to become confident, capable, enthusiastic writers who will develop a genuine love of writing. They will use writing to express themselves and communicate with others and will write independently for a range of audiences and purposes. They will reflect on their own and others writing and have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that appropriate language choice and style can bring about change.
We believe that all children will reach their full potential when they learn in a creative, purposeful way. This is achieved through being part of the CLPE Power of Reading Project, which aims to help us find the ‘reader in the writer’ and Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing. We use high quality text over a number of weeks, combining speaking and listening, drama, reading, and writing activities in a variety of genres. Writing is taught within our English lessons as a tool to craft and communicate ideas. We model the writing process though shared and guided writing.
Stage 1: Immersion
Underpinning the whole approach is the need for children to learn stories off by heart. During the first week of a unit of work, the children immerse themselves within a text. Within these sessions, children and teachers use drama, role-play and talk partners to develop their ideas and to use the key vocabulary taught before they tackle writing tasks.
Stage 2: Innovation
The children use the text as a basis for their own written composition. They use the structure that the original text provides but develop their own ideas and experiment with their own language choices.
Stage 3: Invention
From Reception to Year 6, the children have extended writing opportunities, which is a chance for them to complete a piece of writing with a ‘real’ purpose. We also teach a discrete grammar, spelling and handwriting lesson on a weekly basis. Children should orally rehearse language and vocabulary to build fluency for writing. The repertoire of vocabulary, language structures and patterns that are learnt, enable the children to then innovate and invent their own ideas before writing their own creative piece.