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Our approach to writing is based on RAW (Reading, Analysis, Writing) which is an approach that supports pupils to make the link between quality reading and creative writing. It is embedded at every phase of the teaching sequence. We believe that our approach allows pupils to explore the processes involved in being a writer, and promotes oral rehearsal and development of high – quality stimuli to become confident, independent writers in a range of genres, across the curriculum.


Our aims are for all pupils at St Hilda’s to:

  • Write with confidence, clarity and imagination;
  • Understand and apply their knowledge of phonics and GPS;
  • Understand how to write in a range of genres (including fiction, non-fiction and poetry), using the appropriate style, structure and features;
  • Plan, draft, revise and edit their own work, and learn how to self- and peer-assess against a set of success criteria;
  • Develop a technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their writing;
  • Develop their imagination, creativity, expressive language and critical awareness through their writing.

We intend to develop, through our teaching of writing, the following attitudes:

  • Curiosity and interest;
  • Pleasure and thoughtfulness;
  • Critical appraisal;
  • Independence;
  • Confidence;
  • Perseverance;
  • Imagination.

  • St Hilda's CE (VA) Primary School
  • Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, M25 1HA
  • Email:
  • 0161 7986227