At Watchfield, English is taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. In every year group we use high quality texts to provide a stimulus for the children’s writing, introduce them to a variety of text type examples and get them excited about their own writing. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts
To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We strive to equip children to develop a rich vocabulary which can help them bring their writing to life. Basic skills and non-negotiables underpin writing in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers model every stage of the writing process and demonstrate the ambitious high standards expected of all children. Every child is encouraged to let their imagination and personality shine through in their writing.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. A secure basis of writing skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
Above all we encourage children to see themselves as writers; the authors of the future.