At Maltby Lilly Hall Academy we believe the journey our children take to becoming writers is closely linked to their love of books and literature. When children are well read they learn the techniques writers use to engage the reader. This philosophy permeates our English curriculum.
“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
― William Faulkner
We therefore immerse our children in quality texts and linked writing opportunities. We discuss why we like these books, identify how the writers have shaped the texts and the impact they have on the reader. Our children apply this knowledge in their writing and develop their own writing styles which adapt as is appropriate to purpose. We encourage our children to consider their language choices and how they make the reader feel, how imagery is used, how language precision is key to conveying the intended message.
“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov
We ensure all our literacy teaching is text driven and incorporates drama, visual literacy and other techniques to engage our children in their learning. Writing is thematic and linked to our engaging curriculum.
We teach our children to plan, draft evaluate and edit their writing and strive to ensure writing has a real audience and purpose.
We teach Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling discretely, then ensure our children apply this learning when writing. In Foundation and Key Stage 1 we teach spelling through ‘Read Write Inc.’, using ‘Fred Fingers’ to identify spellings for words which can be phonetically encoded. We teach words which cannot be spelt phonically using a range of techniques. Once children move on from ‘Read, Write Inc. Phonics’ we use the ‘Read, Write Inc. Spelling’ programme to develop spelling into Key Stage 2.
In Foundation we introduce our children to letter formation through Read Write Inc. Regular handwriting lessons are taught throughout school. Children learn to join their handwriting in order to write with fluency. This development of handwriting, expectations of high standards of standards and presentation are central to our philosophy.
Application of learned writing behaviours are regularly assessed using the weekly independent writing tasks as the core evidence for assessment.