At Lower Farm Academy, we recognise the fundamental principle that writing is key to improving learning and that it enables pupils to gain access to all subjects across the curriculum. We intend our pupils to develop a love of writing and to be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through the written word. Our aim is to enable all pupils to be confident, ambitious, and creative writers by the time that they leave Lower Farm. Furthermore, we aim for all pupils to be able to confidently use and apply the essential knowledge and skills of grammar, punctuation, and spelling to a wide variety of written tasks.
Writing is part of the children’s learning journey for each half term and begins with an immersion lesson that provides children with rich, first-hand experiences which makes their learning real and relevant to them. Sequences of learning are based around core texts and the pupils’ current learning journey, embedding grammar, spelling and punctuation within the writing process. Pupils are taught to use grammar correctly, to punctuate consistently and to develop accurate spelling. Clearly modelled examples demonstrate writing outcomes clearly so that children know and use the knowledge and skills they need to be successful writers. Pupils are then taught to re-read, edit and improve their writing, drawing on their wider reading to support their creativity. We believe that literate pupils will ultimately emerge as confident and articulate life-long learners.