How We Teach Writing at Wheatlands
At Wheatlands, we teach writing through a range of different methods:
Familiarisation and Talk for Writing. (Exposure to many samples of a writing genre).
The use of drama to begin the writing process and use of Talk Partner work in school will give the children opportunities to talk and think about their ideas before putting pen to paper along with well-planned structured role play centres in classrooms will give the children opportunities to explore and play with language prior to actual writing tasks.
Modelled Writing (Writing for the children).
This is usually a whole class session where the teacher is demonstrating how to write by ‘thinking aloud’ as he/she composes and interacts with the text in front of the pupils. This allows the children to hear the thinking process that is going on during the writing process. Modelled writing is not an interactive writing time between teacher and pupils.
Shared Writing (Writing with the children).
This is a joint construction of the text between the teacher and the children. The teacher is acting as the scribe but the children have ownership of the text. As they are not directly engaged in the physical demand of the writing, they are better able to concentrate on the compositional aspects of the work and contribute a wide range of ideas.
Guided Writing (Writing with/by the children).
This is the interim step before the children write independently. The teacher’s role is to guide, support and encourage the children to try out ideas that they have seen demonstrated either in the modelled or shared writing sessions. Groups of children work with the teacher or teaching assistant with a clear focus to their writing task.
Independent Writing (Writing by the children).
Children need many opportunities for independent writing in a variety of forms, based upon both teacher guidance and their own choice of topic. The purpose of independent writing is to put into practice the ideas, structures and skills that they have seen demonstrated in modelled and shared writing.
How we Teach Spellings at Wheatlands
Our teaching of spellings is supported by the Read Write Inc Spellings programme. Using a proven approach underpinned by phonics, fast–paced lessons and an online subscription, Read Write Inc. Spelling prepares children for the higher demands of the statutory spelling assessments in England.
Upon completion of the Read Write Inc Phonics programme, children are ready to begin the spellings programme. Children can begin the programme in Year 2 and it continues throughout Years 3-6. At Wheatlands we have a timetabled 20 minute daily slot for spellings to be taught.
Using a range of online activities, teaching activities and peer to peer work, our children are introduced to spelling rules and strategies which they can then apply to their independent written work.
Children are assessed every half term and work reviewed regularly. Within school, children complete Practice books for their daily work and use log books to record spelling words and words from the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 word list.