“You can make anything by writing.”

CS Lewis

We believe that writing is integral to all aspects of life and we mindfully endeavour to ensure that children develop a lifelong, healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards writing.

The skill of writing enables pupils to communicate with themselves and others while documenting and conveying their knowledge and ideas. Building on experiences, it encourages expression and higher order thinking skills to develop.

At Rufforth, writing opportunities inspire and engage children so that they learn to become thoughtful, reflective and evaluative writers. Our children are supported with imaginative, cross curricular starting points to help them learn to write for a range of audiences and purposes.

We use educational visits, high quality literature, film, drama, art and music as stimuli for writing which links learning to real life experience and provides a contextualised, meaningful curriculum.

We want all of our children to enjoy writing. At Rufforth, the impact of our writing curriculum is that it enables children to become confident, creative and independent writers who are well able to articulate their own ideas. We support our children to develop transferable skills which they can use across the wider curriculum and throughout their lives.

Along with a love for writing, providing children with a toolkit of writing skills enables children to be proactive in their learning which in turn builds self-esteem and motivation.

Throughout the school our children use a variety of texts to gain more knowledge about how to improve their own writing. The close relationship between reading and writing is valued so that our children have a clear purpose and an awareness of their audience when writing. In line with the National Curriculum, we intend for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. Woven through this writing process are direct, discrete writing skills which are intrinsically related to the outcome being taught so that pupils have an understanding of the impact of the grammatical skills in a controlled, more selective way.

Handwriting is taught and practised across the school in conjunction with phonics (through Letters and Sounds) and spellings (No Nonsense Spelling). Throughout school we recognise that language plays an important role in helping children understand curriculum content and that it underpins writing. Speaking and listening skills are an integral part of our writing lessons. We also recognise the importance of applying writing skills across the wider curriculum and plan regularly for this to take place.

Teachers use a range of teaching strategies, including:

  • Story telling
  • Modelling
  • Shared Writing
  • Scaffolding
  • Explanation to clarify and discuss
  • Questioning to probe pupils understanding, cause them to reflect on, and refine their work, and to extend their ideas.
  • Investigating ideas
  • Discussion
  • Listening and responding.

Work is differentiated to meet the needs of all children. We endeavour to set work that is challenging, motivating and encourages the pupils to talk about what they have been doing.

We encourage children to:

  • Write with confidence, fluency, stamina and understanding:
  • Write effectively in a variety of genres
  • Plan, revise and edit their own writing
  • Develop their imagination and creativity in their writing.
  • Develop fluent and legible handwriting
  • Develop their knowledge of phonics and the spelling system, and use this to read and spell with accuracy.
  • Build a growing vocabulary and use it effectively in their own writing.