Our English Writing Curriculum

At Lionel Walden, we believe that our children deserve a broad and ambitious English writing curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which ignites their passion to write and express themselves.  The ability to communicate effectively, confidently and with clarity is a crucial life skill that is developed throughout their time at school, ready to be further developed as they transition to secondary school and beyond.

The link between phonics, reading and writing is built upon to enable children to become fluent in writing and accurate in spelling. From the simplest sentences in the early years, to the more complex, descriptive sentences in later years, the audience and purpose of writing is always kept at the forefront of children’s minds. This ensures that children think about how they communicate their ideas, whether it addresses their audience and whether it achieves its purpose, Providing our children with a rich curriculum, packed full of new ideas and experiences ensures that they have more knowledge to bring to their writing.  Exposing them to a vast range of literature and texts, both fictional and factual, allows them to see how language can be used to entertain, inform, persuade and discuss.

The school uses the principles set out by Jane Considine's 'The Write Stuff'.  The Write Stuff is based on two guiding principles; teaching sequences that slide between experience days and sentence stacking lessons. With modelling at the heart of them, the sentence stacking lessons are broken into bite-sized chunks and taught under the structural framework of The Writing Rainbow. Teachers prepare children for writing by modelling the ideas, grammar or techniques of writing. 
Key aspects of The Write Stuff system include: 
  • The Write Stuff builds pupils’ confidence with sentence structure. 
  • The approach widens the repertoire of writing options for pupils. 
  • Pupils gain an understanding of the ‘whole’ piece that they are writing. 
  • Organisation of their ideas and cohesion between them is strengthened. 
We held some really great Parent Information Workshops in June where information was shared about our approach to writing.  The children really enjoyed showing their parents how they learn how to write!  
Key documents including how knowledge and skills progress throughout the years are available below.