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Ogbourne Writing Rules


“I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.”

Chiua Achebe

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Ogbourne Writing - Intent, Implementation and Impact 
- To view our Writing Curriculum in more detail, click here
- English Appendix 1 - Spelling - 2021-22

Writing Intent 
At Ogbourne CofE Primary School Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum.

The key objectives in our writing lessons are that pupils are taught to: 

  • have developed a love of writing and to be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through the written word
  • plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition.
  • develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar
  • to be able to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.
  • understand the relationships between words,
  • how to understand nuances in meaning,
  • how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language.
  • work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning.
  • control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.

Writing Implementation
Please refer to our Writing Progression Map - above

Writing & SPaG

Writing In Primary Schools - What We Know Works

Taken from research by CLPE: 

1. Understanding the role reading plays in developing our pupils as writers and the value of being immersed in high quality literature

2. Ensuring our children have experience of a breadth of texts including those that are visual and digital

3. Providing our pupils with a range of meaningful opportunities to write for real purposes and audiences and to respond to writing as a reader

4. Developing our pupils' understanding of the craft of writing by engaging meaningfully with professional authors and their processes

5. Understanding and modeling the craft and process of writing authentically


Writing In Primary Schools - What We Know Works

6. Supporting our children to identify as writers and to develop their own authentic voice

7. Giving our pupils time and space to develop their own ideas in writing

8. Using creative teaching approaches that build imagination and give time for oral rehearsal

9. Ensuring our teaching of phonics, grammar and spelling is embedded in context

10. Celebrating writing through authentic publication and presentation across platforms


Writing Impact

By the time children leave Ogbourne CofE Primary School, they are competent, lifelong reader writers that can compose a range of genres including poetry, have been exposed to tier two vocabulary and can confidently participate in discussions about different genres.

The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills.  With the implementation of the writing journey being well established and taught thoroughly in both key stages, children are becoming more confident writers and by the time they are in upper Key Stage 2, most genres of writing are familiar to them and the teaching can focus on creativity, writer’s craft, sustained writing and manipulation of grammar and punctuation skills.

Impact Writing assessment is ongoing throughout every lesson and cross curricular themes to help teachers with their planning, lesson activities, targeted pupil support and enable appropriate challenge to all children. Pupils are given detailed feedback and next steps to respond to in order to personalise learning and provide the children with opportunities to edit and improve their own writing. Termly assessment shows that the majority of children are achieving in Literacy at age-related expectations.  In addition, pupil voice is used to enable leaders to assess the impact of writing across the curriculum

As all aspects of English are an integral part of the curriculum, cross curricular writing standards have also improved and skills taught in the English lesson are transferred into other subjects; this shows consolidation of skills and a deeper understanding of how and when to use specific grammar, punctuation and grammar objectives. 

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