At FHIS we provide children with a challenging and engaging writing curriculum by offering links to events, topics and high-quality texts (including film, books and extracts). It is closely linked to reading curriculum. At FHIS, we aim to create writers who speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Reading and a love of literature is an integral part of our aim to produce authors of high-quality writing, through its role in engaging author, stimulating the authors own creativity and modelling composition and transcription.
At FHIS we follow the National Curriculum and us the Jane Considine FANTASTICS for writing planning and assessment. This promotes high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of language through widespread reading for enjoyment.
By the end of Key Stage 1 we want our children to:
- Write easily, fluently and communicating their ideas coherently.
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
- Write clearly, accurately, coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
- Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and clearly explain their understanding and ideas.
When planning our writing units at FHIS, we use the seven stages approach (preplanning, engagement, internalise, explore, innovate, edit and publish; EEF). We use ‘The Write Way’ scheme and incorporate a range of high quality processes using current ideas to raise standards in writing. Our writing curriculum follows the National Curriculum and discrete lessons for phonics, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation are re-visited and reinforced in writing sessions to embed understanding. Our writing is closely linked to our reading curriculums, and we use high quality texts that are updated regularly to reflect new publications. Prior learning is revisited and reinforced in subsequent year groups and skills are developed and built on year-on-year. We also have a heavy focus on the acquisition and use of new vocabulary, which closely links to our broad and balanced curriculum as well as to our reading.