At Drapers Mills Primary Academy we believe that reading should be at the heart of all learning across the curriculum. Through reading children can be transported on exciting adventures and absorbed in different worlds they may not be familiar with. These experiences in reading, together with robust EGPS teaching give our children the tools that they need to create magical pieces of writing.
All lessons across the curriculum are based around a high quality text (fiction and non-fiction) through which writing skills are taught. Each unit of writing has an outcome which is reached by way of a journey involving the teaching of comprehension skills and the development of spoken language skills through questioning, oral storytelling, vocabulary exploration and drama. From this they continue on their journey to the outcome by using EGPS skills to draft and revise their writing.
As a result, pupils are able to explore a variety of authors and text, understand and acquire the skills needed to be a story teller and author as well as develop a lifelong love of literature.
Talk For Writing
At Drapers Mills, we follow the talk for writing system created by Pie Corbett as a way to ensure that our children are exposed to all genres of writing styles, both fiction and non-fiction, from the start of their school journey. The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
Drapers Mills is establishing a core reading spine of quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction that all children experience and draw upon. Imaginative units of work create a whole-school plan that is well-resourced and cross-curriculur.
The key phases of the Talk for Writing process, as outlined below, enable children to imitate orally the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version.
SPaG is taught discreetly at Key Stage One and Two and is linked to the writing lessons and texts. The skills learnt are then applied throughout the curriculum.
Children in Key Stage One are taught phonics discreetly through the RWInc programme. This provides them with the skills needed to segment words for writing. Children still requiring phonics in Key Stage Two receive it as an intervention.
Pupils here are taught to write cursively as we believe a cursive style is beneficial in supporting development of spelling patterns in addition to facilitating high quality presentation. Alongside learning the formation of the letters, children’s gross and fine motor skills are nurtured through a range of engaging activities.
As well as supporting your child with their homework, there are many other ways you can participate in their education and encourage a love of learning.
Talking and discussion are an integral part of a child’s social, emotional and academic development. By instigating discussion with your child about their day, their learning and interests you modelling the spoken word and listening skills. Vocabulary choices are more ambitious and spoken sentences increase in complexity.
You can encourage your child to write for a variety of reasons, for example they may like to keep a journal of enjoyable experiences, write new adventures for their favourite television characters or even research and make a fact file with reference to a particular interest.
Supporting your child with their weekly spelling homework will develop their confidence and encourage the use of adventurous vocabulary in their written work.
Reading to your child is valuable in developing their vocabulary and understanding of language which is beneficial to their writing.
If you have any questions, please contact your child's year group on the relevant email address;
The Writing Curriculum
At Drapers Mills Primary Academy, we base our writing around rich, age appropriate texts that allow the children to develop their own skills by emulating and exploring the work of a wide variety of inspiring authors. The children explore a range of fiction and non-fiction genres as the basis of developing their written skills. Books that will challenge and stretch them, that will advance their use of varied vocabulary and punctuation, whilst developing a love of language and writing, are at the heart of our curriculum. Below are the current books and genres that are studied in each year group.
Whilst remote learning is in place, or for any periods of time when your child is required to self isolate, Drapers Mills are providing all children with live writing lessons every day. A teacher from your child's year group will be delivering a live, interactive input (via google classroom) and setting a daily task that they can undertake. The teacher will remain available throughout the lesson to answer any questions and support learning . Once a task has been completed, it can be submitted to the teacher so that they can mark the work and provide your child with essential feedback and suggestions for moving their work forward. For those that are unable to attend live lessons, a recording of the lesson will be made available on the google classroom when the lesson has ended. Printed versions of all lessons will be available for collection from the school office each week.