In ensuring that ‘Better Never Stops’, our English curriculum aims to ensure that:
In designing our curriculum, it is Spa's aim that our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning. We regularly review our curriculum to enhance the way in which, over the course of study, teaching is designed to help pupils to remember long term the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger ideas.
We have designed our teaching sequence to help pupils to remember long term the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger ideas.
Below is the sequence that is followed when teaching writing:
Pupils are given a real purpose for their writing. The purpose and audience are made clear and are the cornerstones of each writing sequence. The EXPLORE stage of Spa's writing sequence gathers the key subject-specific knowledge that pupils require to be able to write with confidence. This stage of the sequence focuses on immersing pupils in a wide-range of vocabulary and language that can be applied to the text.
With the purpose and audience constantly being revisited, the teacher models planning the text. This will focus on both structural features as well as the logical organisation of ideas, manipulating these based around the desired purpose and audience. Pupils will then construct their own plan.
For our younger pupils, those with SEND or those that struggle with sentence construction, this stage is focused on creating accurate single-clause sentences (for later manipulation in the 'write' stage. Older pupils, or those that are confident in their sentence construction, will use this stage to focus more on the content and sequencing of ideas.
In this stage of the sequence, staff model-write as 'expert writers'. Focused on using and manipulating grammar and punctuation to achieve the purpose and with the audience constantly in mind. Punctuation and grammar is taught through the context of the genre being studied. Pupils apply this to their own independent writing in this stage.
Modelled by staff, this stage of every writing sequence focuses on revising and editing based on teachers' assessments of pupils' writing. Revision and editing sessions are designed around the needs of the whole-class, groups and individual pupils.
Throughout Spa, we strive to achieve an "ethic of excellence". Pupils publish their writing, focused on any final revisions/edits to be made and to 'publish' their work to achieve their purpose. This aims to build confidence, reflectiveness and pride in our pupils.
We have clearly defined the progressive and cumulative end points for the end of each year group in writing:
We are excited to soon share with you examples of pupils' portfolio pieces.
|Strategic English Lead||Jack Wardle (Assistant Headteacher)|
|Writing Leader||Kathryn Parkin (Class Teacher)|
If you would like to find out more about Writing at Spa, please contact us via the main office.