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Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills

Our Writing Process

Deconstruct & Analyse


Pupils analyse high quality examples of the genre and learn from its structure, vocabulary and genre-specific features.  During this stage, pupils gain an understanding of the genre's style, in addition to appropriate features that are suited to the audience and purpose. Pupils build a toolkit that they can refer to during the next stage of the process.

Exploring the origins of the epic poem 'Beowulf' and the main events in it
Presenting a group analysis of a past Year 5 pupil's 'Beowulf' story
Analysing character quotes from the Michael Morpurgo version of 'Beowulf'
Building a narrative toolkit
Analysing a key scene from 'Julius Caesar'
Analysing public speaking skills

Acquire Genre Specific Skills


After analysis of the genre, pupils will focus on learning appropriate skills which are suited to the genre.  This is an opportunity for pupils to gain an understanding of grammar skills in context; how to adapt writing suited to the audience and purpose; and develop vocabulary, which they can use and apply in their writing.

Putting unfamiliar 'Beowulf' vocabulary into suitable contexts
Punctuating direct speech (including some split speech)
Creating a class bank of figurative language
Describing Beowulf and Grendel's battle
Using persuasive devices in sentences
Creating animal and weather similes and metaphors

Producing our final piece of writing


Pupils plan and write for an intended audience and purpose.  During this time, teachers provide appropriate scaffolds and immediate feedback on the writing for pupils to develop an understanding of a quality piece of the genre.


Next, pupils write a piece of the same genre that is completely independent.  This piece allows teachers to assess the progress that pupils have made since the initial baseline assessment. 

Orally rehearsing narrative ideas
Planning a guided narrative
Guided narrative writing
Independent narrative writing
Independent persuasive writing
Independent recount writing

Proofread, Up-Level & Edit


During their independent piece, pupils use self and peer assessment to proof-read and edit their writing. They then re-write sections or the whole piece, making appropriate changes informed by the feedback they have been given.

Independently annotating things to be edited
Independently annotating things to be edited
Identifying hot spots and things to 'up level'
Independent 'up level' of a paragraph
Exploring how to make progress
Independent editing using 'purple polishing pens'