Every writing lesson from Reception to Year Six demonstrates a Writing Learning Journey.
Our Writing Learning Journey
- The Learning journey is tailored to meet the needs of our children. It will show a clear progression of skills leading to the end piece of writing. The teacher will use a genre focus text where there is a reading focus and features of the genre are introduced. Through the text children will study genre specific language and features and apply these in our writing.
- Relevant SPaG skills are taught across at least two lessons with the use of writing WAGOLL’s and shared writing strategies to teach objectives required for an end of unit writing piece.
- The end writing piece takes place at the end of the week and over two days if needed.
- The children will independently apply learnt skills in the final piece of writing against a success criterion of skills taught across the English unit and children apply these taught skills in their writing.
- Throughout the learning journey teachers include ‘pit stops’ in their writing lessons. ‘Pit stops’ allow children to stop during the lesson and go back and edit their work with children guidance and modelling.
- ‘Live Marking’: (using a pink highlighter by the teacher) is used during every English lesson (for at least a paragraph for every child) to identify spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Purple pens are used by children in their ‘Live Marking’ from Year One to Year Six.
- Cross-curricular opportunities in English, are planned for in foundation subject topics, ensuring the knowledge of key vocabulary and writing skills are embedded for all children.
- All classrooms show the Writing Learning journey on their English Displays. These displays show the key SPaG skills the children have learnt in order to complete their end piece of writing. The children use these working walls throughout their English lessons. Have a look at some of the photos of our displays.
Every classroom from Reception to Year 6 displays an English Learning Journey Display. This is a working wall to show the key skills the children are learning linked to their English Unit. We always display key vocabulary and show children’s work and the end result – a fantastic piece of Extended Writing.