Arkwright Primary School

English - Writing

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:  read a lot and write a lot."  (Stephen King)

Intent- Why is English so important?

At Arkwright Primary School our aim is for all our children to be independent, resilient and confident writers who enjoy the writing process.  Achieving competence in English language is a vital part of the education of our pupils.  All teachers play an important role in facilitating this.  The aim for English in our curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.



The national curriculum English programme of study is used as a basis for planning within the subject.

All staff follow Jane Considine's Award-winning 'The Write Stuff' process for English writing, grammar and punctuation (from EYFS through to Key Stage 2).  The Write Stuff was created by Jane Considine, and is a system that sharpens the teaching and learning of writing within the classroom. It is research informed and practically applies evidence into effective best bets for improving writing outcomes.  These writing units are planned and linked to our termly projects and explore a variety genres, immersing the children in rich Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary.   

There is a two-year rolling programme of genres throughout the school which are adapted to meet the specific needs of each cohort and link specifically to our wider curriculum projects.

Grammar and punctuation is taught as part of the daily English lesson.  Throughout all writing sessions, appropriate grammar objectives are embedded and analysed. Children are also given a 'Do Now' task at the beginning of their English lessons with a specific grammar focus.  Spelling is taught twice weekly in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, using Spelling Shed as a stimulus.

Handwriting is practiced daily in Key Stage I, with one main focus lesson weekly using Penpals. Handwriting is practiced daily where necessary in other year groups. StartBee is used and EYFS to deliver handwriting.  Children have an English writing book from Reception to Year 6.  All classrooms have an English Working Wall, which outlines Spelling and Grammar content.  Writing and reading is celebrated in classes through a dedicated display as well as part of our Arkwright Excellence and half-termly writing awards.



Assessment in writing is ongoing throughout every lesson. This allows teachers to adapt their planning in order to target pupils for support, as well as ensure that all children are challenged appropriately. Children are given regular opportunities to edit and improve their own writing. Independent writing is moderated regularly as a staff.