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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine


Some of our writing based on the book Flotsam by David Wiesner


(Why we teach Writing)

At St James, we want all children to be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing and reach their full potential.

Our aims are to:

  • Guide and nurture each individual on their own personal journeys to becoming successful writers.
  • Provide exciting and purposeful writing opportunities and experiences that engage and enhance all pupils.
  •  We want all children to acquire a wide vocabulary through their reading and be able to select effective vocabulary to enhance their writing.
  • Teach spelling of new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in primary school.
  • We want all children to have a solid understanding of grammar and apply it effectively to their writing.
  • We want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Children will be able to effectively plan, draft and edit their work to produce a piece they are proud of.
  •  We believe that all children should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a legible, cursive, individual handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school.
  • To plan a progressive curriculum to build upon previous teaching, with regular assessment to ensure each child’s needs are met to reach their full potential.

Whole school writing progression map

Long term plan