At Gawthorpe Academy, we follow the National curriculum programmes of study and early years outcomes so that our English curriculum is carefully and thoughtfully created to: equip children to become effective writers, capable of writing for a variety of purposes and adapting their vocabulary and style as necessary; give children the skills and experiences to read fluently and appreciate and enjoy a range of good quality literature by a variety of authors and from a wide selection of styles and genres; through discussion, debate, presentation and other formal and informal speaking and listening opportunities, enable children to communicate their thoughts, ideas and opinions clearly and appropriately.
Throughout the Academy, the teaching of writing follows the research led Write Stuff approach. Teachers are supported by an experienced subject leader so that their expertise is developed to a high standard. High quality, carefully selected stories and non-fiction texts are at the heart of all writing teaching, and a strong emphasis is placed on the development and selection of precise and ambitious vocabulary in all daily writing lessons. The children are taught grammar within the writing lessons so that they are implementing their skills in practice for a real purpose regularly, as well as discrete grammar lessons which are taught following the Nelson Grammar scheme to give additional practice and consolidation of key skills. Strong links to other curriculum areas give children meaningful opportunities to write for a range of purposes and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of other subjects in English lessons. Accurate spelling is supported via the Oxford Floppy’s Phonics programme in Early Years and Key Stage One and by the rigorous teaching and practice of the National Curriculum spelling curriculum throughout Key Stage 2.
With our consistent, progressive approach to the teaching of writing and high expectations of all pupils as writers, we aim to ensure that children are effective written communicators throughout their time in primary and beyond.
Children will know more, remember more and understand more about the process of writing through frequent revisiting of the key skills and high-quality vocabulary and the consistency and progression of our approach to the teaching of writing. As a result of this, outcomes at the end of Key Stages demonstrate that children are very well equipped for the next step in their education.