English- Writing  

EYFS and Year 1

In EYFS and Year 1 the pupils follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics  programme which includes a daily writing lesson based around the text the pupils have been reading in their phonics lesson. In addition to this our EYFS pupils are given several writing opportunities within their environment. Please see our EYFS curriculum page for more information. In year 1, pupils are taught additional Writing lessons every week based around an engaging class text, linked to their foundation topic of study.

Year 2-6

At James Oglethorpe we teach Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language from Years 2 – 6. Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language follows on from RWI Phonics and Get Writing! Schemes of work. This complete literacy programme for fluent readers in Years 2 to Year 6 teaches children to read, write and discuss texts with maturity. Additional texts are used across the year alongside this programme to allow for more writing opportunities and exposure to quality texts.

The English programme of study, as detailed in the National Curriculum 2014, is based on the following 4 areas of teaching and learning: Spoken Language; Reading (Word Reading/Decoding and Comprehension); Writing (Transcription,  Handwriting and Presentation and Composition) and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. Pupils are taught spelling and grammar sessions twice per week as well as a weekly ‘Big Write’ where pupils are given opportunities for extended writing.

By the end of Key Stage 2, most pupils should attain or exceed the expected standard. Outside English lessons, the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum where children can cultivate these skills in other subjects by writing across the curriculum.

We teach Read Write Inc. Spell in years 2-6 twice per week. Like RWI Phonics, it teaches children to link letter groups they see to the sounds they make, but it also develops children’s knowledge of word families, how suffixes impact upon root words, and provides mnemonics to remember the trickiest spellings.

The teaching revolves around instruction (with the help of online alien characters), partner and group practice, and competitive group challenges that help children commit new words to memory.