Writing

Literacy Overview 2017/18

Strengths

  • Developing use of Scholar Pack for  writing assessment.
  • Consistently good results at the end of KS1 and KS2 in Writing.
  • Positive feedback about writing and marking from OFSTED (January 2016)
  • Long term plan to ensure full coverage of genres across the school
  • Areas for Development
  • Close the gap between SEN and lower achieving children. This needs to be closely tracked.
  • Progress needs to be closely monitored through use of Scholar Pack.
  • Also see action plan for more detailed breakdown.

Planning

  • Writing activities are built into our Creative Curriculum (schemes and themes topic based approach)

Assessment

  • We use the NFER spelling tests which give a spelling age for each child.
  • Termly writing assessment. Autumn- Fiction, Spring- Non- Fiction, Summer- Fiction and Non- Fiction. This writing is marked against the Scholar Pack statements.
  • We are now using Scholar Pack to regularly add our teacher assessments in writing onto Scholar Pack. The Literacy subject leader has created a Scholar Pack booklet, containing all the writing statements from EYFS up to Year 6 to support staff when assessing children.
  • How are we ensuring continuity and consistency across year groups?
  • Teachers are ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum expectations and planning for a range of different genres and audiences. The planning is cross- curricular.
  • Interventions
  • There are intervention strategies for phonics and spelling, speaking and listening- which all impact on writing
  • Strategic Direction - Where have we come from, where are we now and where are we going?
  • Although OFSTED was impressed with the writing and quality of marking, we need to look at closing the gap between the SEN and lower achieving children. Prior to the Ofsted inspection there were few interventions in place to help with this. School has purchased materials to provide structured support for pupils who need it.
  • Develop opportunities for extended writing to increase the children’s writing stamina.
  • Develop use of note taking. These last 2 points will help to prepare children for secondary school.
  • Ensure grammar is being taught systematically across all the age groups to ensure children are prepared for the Year 6 SPAG test.
  • SAS spellings (statutory words which the children need to be able to spell) have been used in the school but not consistently. New SAS spelling booklets have been made to help the children learn to spell these words in their writing. Each child has 2 booklets- 1 is kept at school and 1 is kept at home for the children to practice. Half termly tests will be given to the children to monitor progress.