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.
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.
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. In Year 5 and Year 6, Writing Ambassadors also create opportunities for whole school writing for a purpose, including job applications and letters.
It is no secret that Liverpool Football Club provided the children of St. Francis de Sales with fabulous experience after fabulous experience. However, as of yet, we have yet to experience the same from Everton Football Club. In 2019, a group of children representing the Evertonians in our school independently took on a side-project with the goal of building a successful relationship with Everton.
See our progress and ultimate outcome below...