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Independence

Independence

Developing skilled, independent writers is at the core of our Writing Process. We endeavour to inspire our pupils to write for a variety of purposes and audiences whenever possible through incidental opportunities and organised competitions.

Baseline to Independent Write

 

The central purpose of our Writing Process is to enable pupils to become independent writers, who make their own authorial choices in their writing. At the beginning of every topic, pupils are baselined in the genre, providing teachers with opportunities for diagnostic analysis of prior learning, misconceptions in grammar and syntax and crucially, individual targets for where the next steps in the learning should go for groups or individuals. At the end of each topic, pupils produce an independent piece of writing, using the knowledge and skills they have learnt, and apply it in a different context.  This provides teachers with an objective measure of progress from their initial baseline assessment.

Picture 1 Baseline Write
Picture 2 Independent Write
Picture 3 Independent Write

Writing Ambassadors

 

All pupils have access to writing materials at lunchtimes to support further independent writing for pleasure. This initiative is monitored by the Writing Ambassadors for each year group, who provide challenges and writing prompts.

Picture 1 Year 3 Writing Ambassadors
Picture 2 Writing in the outdoors
"At lunchtimes, we organise different writing activities that pupils can do. Lots of children enjoy writing stories, poems, songs and even cards! We make sure that everyone has the right equipment and set a challenge each day." Ava

100 Word Story Competition

100 Word Story Competition 1 National writing competition - adventure stories
"I love writing and going to Writing Club each week. I enjoy doing the writing competitions at home too and luckily, I've been published twice already this year!" George 

National Writing Competitions

National Writing Competitions 1 Published in a national anthology of poetry
"I enjoy writing in my spare time and making my own books, lists and poems. When we learnt about Pop Art in school, I created a fact sheet all about Andy Warhol at home. Mrs Catchpole printed out some pictures in school and I was really proud of my work." Isabella C
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