At Roselands we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing and develop as imaginative, creative and effective writers. We want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in primary school. We want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences, using their exposure to specific texts to influence their writing.
We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a good, joined, handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school. We believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve in writing!
The Talk for Writing Approach:
At Roselands, we teach Writing through The Talk for Writing approach which enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
In their Early Years, the children learn to spell through their Phonics lessons (these are taught through the Bug Club Phonics programme). Once they have completed the Phonics programme they will have dedicated spelling lessons each week where they are taught the satutory spellings for each year group as well as the spelling rules and patterns as set out in the National Curriculum.
The children in Years 1 - 6 have a login for Spelling Shed. On Spelling Shed, your child can access spelling games at home to consolidate the learning that they have been doing in school. Supporting your child to access these spelling games at home will be incredibly beneficial and this forms part of our expectations of home learning.