The new National Curriculum can be found here:
Writing at the Park:
At The Park we aim for every child to be able to express themselves clearly and confidently in writing and speaking. We work hard to develop children’s understanding of the basic rules and conventions of English whilst also teaching them how to write for different genres, audiences and purposes.
Throughout each term, children complete units of work in which there is an extended piece of writing at the end. Each child will have the opportunity during this unit to work independently and in a group with the teacher. We also provide opportunities for the children to write across the curriculum.
In Key Stage 1, we place great emphasis upon children being able to speak clearly and confidently before they can write. We focus on every child writing every day and focus on small specific skills. In Key Stage 2, this develops into children analysing texts prior to writing them. We use model writes, shared writing and guided writing to support children. Teachers mark using pink and green highlighters so children can identify their successes and anything they may need to work on and next steps are given when appropriate to help move learning forward or cement it further.
The curriculum has a big focus on grammar and skills and the new sentence tool kit has been recently introduced this year to help support the terminology and subject knowledge.
The school has adopted a joined handwriting script and this is taught daily in Key Stage 1 and weekly in Key Stage 2. Our system of a pen licence encourages children to place value on the development of correct letter formation and to take pride in the work they produce.
Vocabulary at The Park Primary is at the forefront of our teaching and learning. It is important to us that all of our children develop a strong vocabulary and use this with confidence in all aspect – from maths and English through to the foundation subjects. To be a successful historian or geographer, the children must be able to express their understanding of using the correct terminology in the correct context. We believe this has an important role in helping to develop the children’s aspirations and knowledge of the world.
It is important to us that the children develop a love for words so in order to promote and maintain this, the ‘Vocab Viper’ is handed out to those who shown a development or are particularly inquisitive about vocabulary. The children are given the ‘Vocab Viper’ lanyard to wear with pride for the remainder of the day, which can also be used in conjunction with the ‘Vocab Viper’ certificates. ‘Wow Word’ certificates are also available to children who have shown a love for words or used/found an amazing word in their writing.
Across year 2 – 6, children follow the ‘Cracking Comprehension’ programme three times a week which is designed to help develop children’s comprehension skills and increase knowledge of vocabulary, genres of writing and confidence in reading and analysing different texts. In years 5 and 6, this comprehension is streamed across classes in order to give children the best opportunity to develop their reading skills based on their understanding and confidence in reading.
On a Friday after lunch, years 2-6 take part in Reading for Pleasure. This is a chance for them to bring in any reading material which they are interested in – from top trumps to information leaflets – to encourage a love for reading.
For any children who are finding the development of their vocabulary a little more challenging, our speech and language therapist works closely to monitor and help improve the children’s speech, pronunciation and development of language and wider vocabulary.
We follow the Read Write Inc Programme across Key Stage 1. Within the early years and Key Stage 1, children are streamed based upon their phonetic knowledge and confidence. These groups are flexible according to children’s needs and progress. Lessons are tracked regularly and differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils.
In the EYFS, children who are ‘reading ready’ will be assigned with an experienced reading assistant. In years 1 and 2, children who are having difficulty reading will receive a reading assistant to help them with their progress.
Phonics Play is a very useful website to aid children’s reading in preparation for the year one phonics screening test. www.phonicsplay.co.uk
How can I help my child at home with writing?
- Get your children writing at home as often as possible. Write diaries of their holidays, recounts of their fun weekends, set up writing areas in your homes with note pads, lots of different pens and pencils, envelopes, cards, invitations and books. Try and get them excited about writing.
Have a look at these websites for more information and support.