At Highcliffe, we believe that writing is strengthened by instilling a love for reading within our pupils. We value the importance of reading to supplement writing, providing a purpose and a context to writing. We believe that pupils who are provided a reason for writing demonstrate flair and effective writing composition, leading to high quality outcomes. The English curriculum is taught by studying a high quality text, which are linked to the year group topic, where writing opportunities are derived from this. Each week, the children are taught to develop an understanding of the texts through reading comprehension - exploring the key themes, events, and plot of the texts being studied. From this element of the curriculum, pupils are taught the grammar from the National Curriculum which is taught to correspond to the genres being written as part of the writing process. Children are then supported in how to apply the grammatical content taught in identifying features of a high quality modelled text, before progressing to plan, write and re-draft a written piece which is fit for purpose and audience.
It is our intention that the children will develop their mastery approach to writing by using their skills and transfer these to write in other curriculum subjects. A topic based curriculum allows all students to see writing in a variety of subjects and through different mediums. In addition, children are taught to explore, practice, and then compose towards the ‘destination’ pieces of writing (Mike Cain, Teaching for Mastery in Writing, 2018).
At Highcliffe children are encouraged to take pride in their work with all of them working towards shared goals of authorship and ownership whereby they produce pieces of writing which they are proud of and have the audience and purpose at the forefront of their writing design. In some cases, children send their work to authors, and their audiences so that they also see the value and purpose to their efforts thus creating an ethos of ambition.