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My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Psalm 45:1

 

Intent

We intend that all St Hilda’s pupils will become confident, competent writers and will develop their own writer’s voice. Writing gives children a way to communicate effectively with others: to share their thoughts, ideas, beliefs, emotions, cultural identity and express who they are. Through a text-rich writing curriculum, we will expose the children to new worlds, experiences and ideas, expanding their vocabulary and their horizons. The texts we use will both value and confirm who our pupils are and where they come from and introduce them to cultural and social contexts beyond those they are familiar with.

Our English curriculum is designed so that children will gain the skills they need to become accomplished writers, enabling them to express themselves clearly and confidently for a wide range of purposes. They will be provided with meaningful contexts and purposes for writing across the curriculum. As confident, competent writers, St Hilda’s pupils will have the power to make their own voices heard, to influence others and to change the world.

 

Aims

 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.

 

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.


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