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Writing

At Diamond Wood Community Academy, we follow a consistent, sequenced approach in writing to immerse children in language. Our future authors craft their writing based on core texts and aspirational models. Progress is driven by high expectations and a passion for always producing high quality creative outcomes. Children are provided with plenty of opportunities to read and perform their work aloud aiding their oracy and proof reading skills.

Unit Structure

We follow a three week writing sequence. Children take part in three writing lessons each week following this sequence: 

 

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Monday – Big read 1

(Activating prior knowledge/ Read and respond/ breakdown and repair)

 

Tuesday – Big read 2 (Delve deeper, comprehension)

 

Wednesday – Immerse, Talk 4 Writing, Share model

 

Thursday – Teach and apply skill, rewrite

 

Friday – Rewrite model

 

 

Monday – Big read 1

(Activating prior knowledge/ Read and respond/ breakdown and repair)

 

Tuesday – Big read 2 (Delve deeper, comprehension)

 

Wednesday – Corrective teaching of the sentence level objective. Lesson to plan independent writing. 

 

Thursday –   Independent writing lesson. Children innovate the same genre of writing as in Week 1 but with a different context.  

 

Friday – Continuation of independent writing.

 

Monday – Big read 1

(Activating prior knowledge/ Read and respond/ breakdown and repair)

 

Tuesday – Big read 2 (Delve deeper, comprehension)

 

Wednesday – Follow up and editing lesson

 

Thursday –  Publishing lesson

 

Friday – Evaluating lesson (impact of word choices, new vocab/punctuation/skills learnt, next steps).  This can be supported by a peer or independent.

Spelling

Spelling is taught through the Letters and Sounds phonics programme throughout school. Children learn spelling rules and patterns in their phonics lessons each day as well as within different lessons when the opportunity presents.

 

High Frequency Words

Key Stage 1 Common Exception Words

Writing Expectations

Please note that these are end of year expectations.

Children will be taught these objectives in their writing lessons throughout the year.

 

EYFS Writing Expectations

Year 1 Writing Expectations

Year 2 Writing Expectations

Handwriting & Presentation

We encourage children to always strive for excellence with their presentation and writing outcomes. We have specific sayings which are used when teaching letter and number formation. This is to ensure consistency across the school.

 

Handwriting sayings

Number formation rhyme cards

 

Children use handwriting lines and aim to receive a pencil/ pen licence meaning that they have met the expectations.

 

Nursery Success Criteria

Reception Success Criteria

Year 1 Success Criteria

Year 2 Success Criteria

Children also aim towards receiving ‘presentation certificates’ to award progress within their work in terms of their presentation.

 

Children are given an opportunity to publish their final draft of their written work at the end of each three week sequence. These pieces of writing are displayed around school to demonstrate fantastic work and our high expectations.