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Our Writing Curriculum Vision at Drybrook Primary School

At Drybrook Primary School, we embrace the transformative power of writing. Our Writing curriculum is not just about teaching children to form words on a page; it's about unlocking the world of imagination, expression, and effective communication. We view writing as a vital tool for self-expression, a means to explore ideas, and a fundamental skill that enriches every aspect of learning and personal growth.

Intent: Empowering Clear and Cohesive Communication

At Drybrook Primary School, we believe that the ability to write is the ability to crystallise thought and communicate it compellingly to others. Our Writing curriculum is meticulously crafted to foster a love for writing and reading, and to promote articulate discourse. We aspire to inspire within our pupils an appreciation of our rich literary heritage and encourage a habit of reading widely and often. We aim for our pupils to take pride in their writing, to write with precision and coherence, and to adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. Our curriculum intends to bolster pupils to be confident in the art of speaking and listening, using discussion to communicate and further their learning. A secure foundation in English is paramount, following a clear pathway of progression through the primary years. This foundation is essential for a high-quality education, providing our children with the literacy tools they need to participate fully in society.

Implementation: A Research-Informed, Enriching English Programme

Our Writing curriculum is delivered following the National Curriculum's English Programme of Study, augmented by the latest research to ensure effectiveness and relevance. The continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage to formal learning are carefully planned. A diverse range of quality texts are at the heart of our daily English lessons, which introduce pupils to a rich vocabulary for their own expressive writing.

Our rigorous curriculum is filled with opportunities for pupils to read, write, and engage in discussion. Our adoption of the Read Write Inc phonics programme lays the groundwork for early reading and writing development, fuelling a love for literature and a robust basis for further writing skills.

Impact: Cultivating Passionate and Proficient Writers

Our Writing curriculum produces enthusiastic readers and writers who delight in demonstrating their developing literacy knowledge and skills. They are confident in their abilities and eager to engage in meaningful discourse. Our assessments show our curriculum's effectiveness, with pupils showing progress from the very beginning of their schooling through to the end of Key Stage 2.

Our approach to writing is immersive, with each writing opportunity tied to a high-quality text. This connection ensures that our pupils can navigate different writing genres and tailor their writing for various audiences and purposes. We create an environment that celebrates the interconnectivity between reading and writing, grammar, and composition.

In every classroom, writing is celebrated, and pupils are encouraged to share their ideas in a vocabulary-rich setting. The curriculum covers a wide range of writing purposes and genres, ensuring that pupils can apply and develop their writing skills across different contexts.

Spelling: A Cornerstone of Writing

Spelling is a cornerstone of our Writing curriculum, with progression from phonics in the early years to in-depth study of spelling conventions and patterns. Our approach to spelling is robust, using a variety of strategies to support accurate spelling, which is integral to clear and cohesive writing. We understand that proficient spelling enhances the ability to communicate effectively, and we dedicate time and resources to ensure that our pupils develop this vital skill.

At Drybrook Primary School, our commitment is to teach our children to be clear, confident writers. We provide a solid platform for pupils to express their thoughts and communicate with others, not just during their time with us but as they move forward in life, embracing the power of the written word.