At Wallington Primary Academy (WPA), we strive to ensure that by the time they finish primary school, every child can write in a clear, grammatically correct and engaging way. Writing is a key life skill and we promote daily opportunities so that children can successfully write for a range of audiences and purposes.
The children’s enjoyment of writing is demonstrated through their vocabulary choices, careful presentation and clear understanding of what they are writing about. They are taught to use precise grammatical terminology, to discuss and learn from notable authors and to explain their own writing choices.
How we teach Writing
At WPA, children are immersed in a topic for a half term. They study a quality book related to the topic and take part in a related experience which allows them to develop the knowledge to write with confidence and authority. In class, teachers model example pieces so children understand the characteristics of different genres. Additionally, children are taught grammar concepts which help them to write accurately. They learn the correct terminology to be able to discuss writing with precision.
Children will encounter the same grammar skills across the school to ensure they have mastered the concepts thoroughly and are introduced to increasingly complex grammar concepts as they progress each year. Word banks and displays guide children towards appropriate vocabulary choices while planning sessions help children to structure their work.
Children write over a minimum of two days; this helps them build their writing stamina and gives them sufficient time to create a quality piece. Personal writing targets are shared with the children so they know their next steps.