At Sunny Bank Primary we endeavour to create a love of English. We want every child to leave Sunny Bank Primary with the skills of an excellent writer who:
- Has the ability to write with fluency and has an author’s voice
- Can think about the impact they want their writing to have on the reader and knows how they will achieve this
- Has a sophisticated bank of vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description
- Can structure and organise their writing to suit the genre they are writing and include a variety of sentence structure
- Displays excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented, punctuated, spelled correctly and neat
- Re-reads, edits and improves their writing so every piece of writing they produce is to the best of their ability and better than the last.
Throughout their time at Sunny Bank Primary, children develop their skills by exploring a whole range of different genres, with a focus on exploring a range of models of excellence and using these to guide the drafting and editing process.
We develop a real enjoyment of writing not only in English lessons but in all subjects across the curriculum. We expect the highest standards of writing every time a child writes in any subject.
We provide a rich English Curriculum which draws upon a range of teaching strategies and immerses children in the texts and the genres.
We use wow moments, trips and visitors who will stimulate and focus creative writing experiences.
Teachers plan the following:
- Long term planning which maps out genre coverage, core texts and grammar punctuation and spelling focuses across year groups.
- A medium term plan which details the genre being covered and the stage in the writing route map (have a go – immersion in the text, imitation of the text, innovate writing and editing and improving)
- A short-term weekly plan that includes the grammar, punctuation and spellings to be taught,
Our curriculum is of a very high quality and draws upon a wide range of high-quality texts which are used as a model for the children’s writing- immersing them in the genre and related topic. It is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
- Children can understand and apply the fundamental principles of spelling grammar and punctuation in their writing
- Children can edit and improve their writing
- Children are competent, confident and creative writer’s
- Children develop an author’s voice
- Children communicate clearly using accurate grammar, punctuation, handwriting and spelling
- Children will develop competence in transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing) at national expectation and at greater depth.