"If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do the thinking for them"
Eric Blair (George Orwell)
At St Francis de Sales, we passionately believe the fundamental purpose for teaching writing is encapsulated in Orwell's view. We aim therefore for our pupils become independent writers, able to express their thoughts, beliefs and creativity confidently and articulately for any audience and purpose.
We have a 'no ceiling' policy as regards to writing. This means all pupils are given the opportunity learn and use all the skills and knowledge which would enable them to produce an outstanding piece of work. Although there are occasions when challenges are differentiated, there are no artificial or unjustified limitations placed on groups or individuals. We believe this enables high aspiration, expectation and achievement.
Our writing topics cover a wide range of genres and purposes and they are designed to be motivating and challenging with 'real' outcomes where possible. For example:
Cross-curricular opportunities for writing further enable our pupils to apply and extend their learning. These include challenges set in Science, RE and the Humanities where we have the same high expectations on quality as we have in Writing lessons.
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