At Ratby Primary School we aim for children to be independent writers. We teach them to use punctuation and grammar accurately, to be able to proofread their own work and make amendments and improvements. Teachers encourage children to write clearly and with confidence in any given genre. Great value is placed on the development of correct letter formation and neatly presented handwriting. We give children a wide range of opportunities in which to develop their writing skills and display work of which they are proud.
Through our English curriculum, we aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives. We focus on the teaching and learning of, transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
We ensure that pupils are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words.
The aim of this writing curriculum is to promote the highest standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature.
We aim for children to be able to:
- Effective composition involves articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
- Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, and understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions of reading, writing and spoken language
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage