What does writing look like at Dore Primary School?

Whether children are writing to parents to invite them to come and see the school nativity, or writing to entertain fellow peers with a magical and mysterious adventure story, children at Dore Primary School write with a purpose and audience in mind. Children are taught to become accomplished writers through a teaching sequence:

What is the teaching sequence?

1. Immersion – Children are immersed into their new learning, whether this be a school visit, a play or current news headlines, there is always something to ‘hook’ them in

2. Analysis and skills – Children study texts for inspiration, ideas and understanding

3. SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and Vocabulary – Taught in context

4. Plan – Together, children agree and create a success criteria to plan for their writing

5. Write – Children write for a real purpose, having had meaningful build up to get them to this stage

6. Review – Self and peer assessment, adapting and improving writing

What is the impact of the teaching sequence?

  • A collaborative, step by step approach that prepares children to succeed as effective writers
  • All elements of becoming a successful writer covered in a meaningful context
  • Children understand the writing process and gain a deeper understanding of text, audience and purpose for future projects
  • High quality writing produced across school 

What are the writing non-negotiables?

The writing non-negotiables are key features of narrative which are taught in each year group to support children’s written work. At Dore Primary School, children are encouraged to check their writing carefully for these ‘non-negotiables’ before finishing their work. Time given to this self-assessment ensures the ‘basics’ are covered.

Promoting a love of writing

As well as this writing sequence, we promote a love of writing in many other ways:


Writing News:

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