At Fairhouse, our aim is for all children to leave with the ability to communicate through the written form, in a range of contexts.
We adopt a thematic approach to writing which matches our topics, which means children already have a secure amount of knowledge and vocabulary to support them.
In KS1, children follow a one-week cycle which promotes speaking and listening skills to support writing
In KS2, children follow a two-week cycle. Their first week aims to practice and develop skills associated with the genre, and the second week puts the emphasis on children writing more independently.
Key skills are clear at each year group. Click here to see our skills progression maps
Handwriting is taught through ‘Letterjoin’ in short 15minute sessions, 2-3x a week.
Spellings is taught through the PiXL spelling scheme in short 15 minute sessions, 2-3x a week.
Our approach incorporates best practice and up to date research, such as:
•A strong emphasis on writing
•Key GPS skills are taught in context
•There is consistency with delivery across year groups, which supports the children to become confident and independent
•There is planning time for children to gauge understanding of the whole text
•There are speaking and listening opportunities, particularly in planning lessons and in the KS1 writing cycle
•Good modelling and good models are used to expose children to good quality writing
•Metacognition opportunities and self/peer analysis is prominent throughout the writing cycle
•Where possible, experiences are used to engage and support the writing sequences
•Editing and revising is built in at the end of sequences