For us at St Michael's, literacy is more than being able to read and write. It’s about having the cultural literacy, fluency and enjoyment of words that allows the children to operate at a high level and engage fully in the world around them.
In writing, this means:
- Teaching phonics robustly when the children arrive
- Offering a range of fun, creative activities so that the children can develop speaking and listening skills
- Creating a love of writing through offering stimulating texts and experiences
- Producing shared writing: through collaboration with the children, the teacher demonstrating in a clear, pacy, interactive way, how to craft a piece of writing
- Developing independent writing: once the children have had the opportunity to practise the chosen genre, they then apply what they have learnt independently
- Enabling the children to edit their writing through teacher modelling and peer discussion
- Providing opportunities for children to ‘read as a writer’ in order to explore and analyse the work of different authors
- Equipping the children with a writing toolkit so that they know what is needed to be successful in their own writing
- Developing a deep understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Developing great handwriting skills
In order to flourish, young writers need to be able to have a range of techniques available to them, as well as opportunities for language development, for example, drama and location writing. Our planning is based on various materials; Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ initiative, a range of diverse texts and also, differing ideas around our ‘Discover, Explore, Create’ Curriculum.