At Underwood West Academy, we understand that writing is a fundamental skill that empowers students to communicate their ideas, thoughts, and feelings effectively. Our Writing curriculum is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident and creative writers who can communicate effectively in a range of contexts and for different purposes.
Our Writing curriculum aims to:
· Provide a text-based approach to writing that inspires and motivates students to write creatively and confidently.
· Develop a range of writing skills, including spelling, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary, and handwriting, to enable students to write accurately and with fluency.
· Foster a love of reading, writing and an appreciation of the power of language to communicate effectively.
· Encourage students to plan, draft, and edit their writing, reflecting on their progress and using feedback to improve their work.
· Promote oracy development across all year groups to enable students to articulate their ideas and opinions effectively before writing and editing their work.
Writing at Underwood West is implemented through a range of teaching strategies and activities that engage and motivate students to write for different purposes and audiences. We use high-quality texts to model effective writing and provide a rich source of ideas and inspiration for our students.
In Key Stage 1, we build on the phonics skills acquired from the Monster Phonics scheme, using familiar characters to develop our students’ writing skills whilst also following the Talk For Writing approach to our writing lessons. We continue to place this strong emphasis on oracy development across all year groups, enabling students to articulate their ideas and opinions effectively before writing and editing their work.
Throughout the school, we provide opportunities for students to develop their writing skills through a range of activities, including:
· Shared writing and modelled writing
· Guided writing and independent writing
· Writing for a range of purposes and audiences
· Writing across the curriculum
· Peer and self-assessment and feedback
· Editing and redrafting
Our Writing curriculum enables children to plan, draft and edit writing for a range of different purposes and audiences. We measure the impact of our Writing curriculum through regular assessment and monitoring of student progress and attainment in writing and conduct both internal and external moderation practices to ensure our children are confident in their own abilities and are aware of their next steps to achieving their potential.
Our Writing curriculum is designed to enable students to:
· Write for a range of purposes and audiences, using appropriate language, style, and format.
· Develop a wide range of writing skills, including spelling, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary, and handwriting.
· Plan, draft, and edit their writing, reflecting on their progress and using feedback to improve their work.
· Read and evaluate a range of texts, developing their understanding of how writers use language to achieve different effects.
· Use their writing to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, for a range of contexts and situations.
Through the implementation of our Writing curriculum, we aim to develop confident and effective writers who are able to use their writing skills to succeed in a range of academic and professional contexts.