The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
We teach writing through the Talk for Writing approach, developed by Pie Corbett. Pupils learn a story or text off by heart using pictures and symbols on a storymap (or text map if it is non-fiction), and actions. They learn all the writer’s skills and create ‘toolkits’ in order to write their own stories/texts at the end of the unit. In one half term, pupils will complete 1 story unit, 1 non-fiction unit and 1 poetry unit, all wrapped up in the creative theme for the term. In addition to this, pupils play language and sentence games regularly in order to prepare them for the Y6 Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation test (SPAG).
Pupils have layered targets for writing which are monitored every 2 weeks to ensure they are all making good progress in relation to age-related expectations.