Writing & Grammar
“Writing has become a much more important part of the curriculum since the time of the last inspection, including providing more opportunities for pupils to write at length for different purposes.” OFSTED September 2016.
In Sedbergh Primary School children are taught to write fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Children develop their understanding of a range of genres and styles including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays.
Writing skills are taught rigorously across the school, beginning with teaching synthetic phonics and fine motor skills to develop mark making in the Foundation Stage, to enable children to have the skills and confidence to write effectively for a variety of purposes. Throughout their school career, children will have a varied diet of genres to write. We approach each genre in a systematic way through phases, where the children work alongside a set of criteria. Our aim is to develop competent writers who think about “hooking the reader in” and keeping them engaged throughout the piece of writing.
Children are taught joined-up cursive style handwriting. Each child participates in handwriting lessons to practise correct letter formation.
GPaS – GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION and SPELLING
At Sedbergh Primary School we provide a high quality spelling education that is often multi-sensory, engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to spell confidently.
We use a variety of spelling programmes that ensures statutory requirements are met. Key Stage 2 year groups have a statutory list of words to learn. From Year 1 to Year 6, weekly spellings are sent home to learn for homework.
Grammar and Punctuation is taught either discretely (in one-off lessons) or is addressed through understanding and learning about the genre being covered in class. In May, as part of the SATs, Year 6 pupils are assessed on Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.