At Queensmead, we ensure a clear progression of writing skills across the Academy, including sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. To support children in moving towards independent writing, essential, transferable writing skills are taught in meaningful contexts, inspired by exciting, shared experiences, quality texts, visual resources and cross-curricular topics. For example, during a residential trip to Edale in the Peak District, our Y6 pupils participated in 'teenage spy training' linked to the Anthony Horowitz novel Alex Rider: Stormbreaker. The experience was then used to inspire their writing, including a formal persuasive letter, an adventure story and an explanation text.
We provide a wide range of activities to develop children's understanding of the structure and language features associated with different text types, and ensure they recognise the range of purposes that writing can have, e.g. inform, instruct, persuade or entertain. Targeted planning offers pupils opportunities to express their thoughts, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary and sentence structures. We promote the status of written work by providing regular opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences.