At Chaffinch Brook school, we believe that writing is an important and valuable tool for all aspects of a child's education.
Through the exploration of an author’s use of language and structure, our intent is for our learners to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts. Our aim is for our students to develop an awareness of context, purpose and audience, with an increasingly wide knowledge of grammar, spellings and vocabulary.
At Chaffinch Brook School, we strive to nurture a love of English and provide our students with the opportunity to develop their writing. Creativity and imagination are key to our English curriculum and students are given several opportunities to express their creativity.
We want to provide our students with the confidence and knowledge to engage in a variety of writing activities, including poetry, non-fiction, and fiction that are relevant to their unique experiences and environments.
Our whole-school English curriculum is delivered through a text -based approach, using a range of diverse, engaging and relevant high-quality texts. The pupils have the opportunity to explore a range of texts including traditional texts and progressively more complex texts such as Shakespeare as well as various different genres, enabling them to develop analytical and writing skills. For teaching some texts, we follow the CLPE 'Power of Reading', which allows teachers to share high-quality, challenging texts and create differentiated activities so that all children are able to access books above their level. This enables the children to be shown a wide variety of texts and develop their writing skills, which can then be applied to their own work. Alongside this, teacher's often use shared writing and scaffolding to support the pupils' in up leveling their work. This is further encouraged by teaching the children how to use dictionaries and thesaurus' to again, up level and improve their vocabulary.
We provide high quality 1:1 individualised interventions to support writing gaps which may include; SPaG sessions, multisensory spellings, handwriting practice and programmes such as Nessy and SOS spellings practice. For the younger years, we design a series of tasks and activities to help develop their fine and gross motor skills to support their writing.
In KS4, the students are able to take part in Functional skills practice sessions to help our secondary school students to learn texts orally, study the features used in particular texts and then write and develop their own.
Our pupils will gain a rich vocabulary enabling them to communicate effectively in a wide array of contexts and apply this to their writing. They will be able to write across a range of genres and contexts and will have an enjoyment and love for language and writing. Furthermore, our students are enabled to write with accuracy and are encouraged to develop an interest in the richness of the English language.
We hope that our pupils will develop a growing maturity in expression, thought and language, enabling them to achieve good grades in their SATs tests at KS1 and KS2 and go on to take their GCSE or Functional skills exams in KS4.