Writing at Western

Our aim at Western Church of England Primary School is to create a rich language environment for all children so that writing is experienced in a dynamic relationship with reading, speaking and listening.

We recognise the importance of the home-school partnership. When teachers and parents work together and share an interest and enthusiasm for a child’s writing it fosters positive attitudes and enables children to make good progress.

Writing is a complex process that requires children to orchestrate a number of skills in order to write independently.

Any writing task requires pupils to attend to:

  • The content/ideas 
  • The organisation of ideas and content - the way these are sequenced and connected to one another to suit the specific task or genre 
  • The choice of language  
  • The accuracy and correctness of expression, grammar (including sentence structure), spelling and punctuation 
  • Presentation (may be genre specific), including handwriting. 

Writing, like speaking, is an active process and requires skilled teaching and opportunities to write for a purpose and for an audience. Children respond positively when there is a real context for the writing activity. They need to be motivated, engaged and to feel successful.

At Western careful consideration is given to creating a positive writing climate, planning and teaching.

To get a clearer picture of how we teach writing at Western and of how you can support your child in their learning about writing, please have a look at Writing at Western: An information booklet for parents