Our teachers take a structured approach to teaching age-related writing skills and children are given opportunities to practise and apply these skills in writing for different purposes. We have based our approach to teaching Writing on the recommendations made by the Education Endowment Foundation in their Literacy Guidance Reports.
Pupils are also supported to develop the skills for self- and peer-assessment of writing and to edit, re-draft and improve their own work and give suggestions for improvements to others. Our teachers have high expectations of handwriting and presentation and the children are encouraged to take pride in their written work. Children who produce their best work will often have it displayed for others to appreciate.
Where possible writing is linked to the theme that the children are studying. Additional skills such as handwriting, spelling or grammar are also be taught discretely, when necessary. From Year 2 to Year 6 we use the Read Write Inc. Spelling programme.
Spooky Story Competition Winners
Author Peter Murray ran a spooky story competition in school and we had lots of amazing entries. Peter was really impressed with both the quantity and quality of the writing at Willow and he ended up choosing 11 winners! Have a look at some of the winning entries below:
Following the great success of this writing competition we are encouraging our pupils to enter BBC Radio 2's 500 words competition in February 2020.