Writing at Djanogly Sherwood
‘You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.’ Doris Lessing
What is our philosophy?
At Djanogly Sherwood Academy we believe that a good writer is a writer who is able to engage the audience so that they think, wonder and question. Writing begins with a meaningful stimulus, for example an experience, a great book or a question. The writing journey then starts with our audience and purpose – who are we writing for and what is the purpose of our writing? We aim to equip children with the skills and attitudes that will support them to write with purpose, effect and clarity.
How do we teach Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar?
Children are taught spelling strategies that will help them ‘at the point of writing’. In Foundation, they are taught basic phonics (following Letters and Sounds). This basic knowledge is then built on as they move through school so that in KS2 they are tackling words using the sounds and syllables approach.
Punctuation and grammar are taught within English lessons with children having regular ‘quizzes’ so that they are able to retain and apply the skills that they have been taught.
How do we teach Handwriting?
We use the Letterjoin programme to teach handwriting through the school. From the Foundation stage, children are taught to write in the cursive style where they learn how to form letters using lead-ins and flicks. This style then progresses throughout the school enabling children to develop their own cursive style.
What is the outcome?
Children will become independent writers who are able to write effectively for an intended audience. They will have a good understanding of purposes for writing and will be able to ensure that their writing fits this purpose. Writing will be well presented and children will be able to use strategies taught to ensure spelling, punctuation and grammar are age appropriate.
In 2019, 68% of our Y6 and 70% of our Y2 children achieved ARE in writing. 68% of the children in F2 achieved standards in writing. 85% of the children in Year 1 passed their phonics screening test.