"A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised." (National Curriculum, 2013)
Writing at Woodside
At Woodside Academy, our English teaching programme follows the structure of the National Curriculum for each year group. Our English long and medium term plans demonstrate how this is delivered. It is our intention that by the end of their primary education, all pupils will be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing. We are committed to creating opportunities for writing that are inspired by meaningful events, experiences in texts and real life so that our pupils:
- develop enjoyment and pleasure in writing
- have opportunities to write for a range of real purposes and audiences
- understand the skills and processes that are essential for writing: thinking aloud and re-reading their writing to check their meaning is clear
- when spelling, have opportunities to practise using both their phonics knowledge and develop independent spelling strategies
- when writing, form their letters correctly and confidently, moving to a joined fluent style
- know and use grammar terminology to talk about their writing and how it helps the reader understand and enjoy what has been written.
At Woodside, we take every opportunity to enhance the cultural capital of our learners, ensuring that we equip them with the knowledge and understanding required for life in the wider world. In writing our curriculum is driven by a variety of texts, from a range of genres, that have been written by authors from a wide range of backgrounds.