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English

Writing:

At Cuddington Croft we set out to inspire, engage and create a school of eager writers full of imagination and creativity. We develop this through the use of a range of stimulus which captivates and immerses the children with the writing process. This can be through drama based activities, film clips, imagery, debates, story mapping, art and ensuring the writing tasks are both enjoyable and purposeful. A range of text types are studied and written within each year group to ensure breadth of study; this is then further developed towards how the audience and purpose of a particular text type affects both our grammatical and language choices.

We follow the objectives set out in the new National Curriculum - ensuring children are inspired by a wealth of rich, varied texts; while developing their knowledge of sentence structure, punctuation and vocabulary. Alongside this we develop their spelling and cursive handwriting skills.

The writing process is something that takes time, care and commitment. We are very proud of how hard-working the children are, and how ambitious they are with the goals they set themselves. To further support and encourage this, a range of resources are used to support children through the writing process. These are in the form of sentence starters, templates, word mats, model texts and the use of peer talk.

We celebrate writing in a variety of ways across the school.  We believe in celebrating attainment, progress and effort. This is in order to encourage a school of writers who take the time to hone their craft, and feel a sense of pride when they get to share their finalised piece. 

Exciting Writing:

Exciting Writing is an initiative used throughout the school as a time for children to independently demonstrate all the skills they have been learning. The children receive an exciting stimulus in the form of dramatic and engaging film clips, detailed and imaginative pictures and even quotes to spark their creativity. An Exciting Writing session is done after every unit of work and it is a time where the children can express themselves creatively in whichever way they are inspired by the stimulus. It allows children the space to be independent writers who can choose the audience, purpose and tone of their writing in a way which most appeals to them. It is also an opportunity for them to ‘showcase’ the writing skills they have embedded from the previous unit of writing.

Spelling:

At Cuddington Croft we follow a spelling scheme called No Nonsense Spelling. The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.

Each week follows a clear structure in order to ensure a clear progression through blocks of teaching units across the year. Each new concept is taught, practised and then applied and assessed. Frequently there is also a ‘Revise’ session before the teaching session. A typical teaching sequence is detailed below:

Revise

Activate prior knowledge

Revisit previous linked learning

Teach

Introduce the new concept

Explain

Investigate

Model

Practise

Individual/group work

Extend/explore the concept independently

Investigate

Generalise

Apply/Assess

Assess through independent application

Explain and demonstrate understanding

 

Spellings are learnt in a variety of kinaesthetic ways. The benefits of this mean the children learn the physical memory of the spelling pattern as well as the visual. Attached to this page are some kinaesthetic and visual strategies used in school for learning spellings. 

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