At St Francis de Sales, we believe that equipping children with the skills to be confident writers is an essential and important life skill. In doing so, our pupils can communicate clearly and appropriately with a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and make their own distinct mark on the world around them. Through our engaging curriculum, we endeavour to create a love for writing so that children are intrinsically motivated and guided in developing their own independent writing style and learn how to use their own ‘writing voice’.
Our writing curriculum is designed to capture the imagination of every child. Where possible, we use effective cross-curricular links to make learning relevant and contextualised for all pupils. This also allows for purposeful opportunities for writing across the curriculum so that skills learnt during writing lessons can be applied in all pieces of writing completed. We believe that this supports children’s progress and can provide ample opportunities to extend all pupils at their own level.
We also recognise the impact of high-quality reading on writing progression; therefore, we believe that our creative writing process enables our pupils to develop a critical awareness of how to write as a reader, and how to read as a writer – with the final goal of becoming skilled, confident and imaginative writers.