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:

  • Infant Celebration Assembly – writing
    Well done to all of these children who have been creative, resilient and resourceful when writing this week!
  • Year 3 Music – Myth Soundtracks
    To finish our Ancient Egypt learning journey, Year 3 have been composing soundtracks for the myths they have written. First, we listened to the soundtrack to the Mummy film and discussed the mood, tempo, pitch and other dynamics. We then made artistic responses to the different sections of the piece. We filmed this to make […]
  • Y1 – D&T making jam sandwiches!
    Yesterday, the children used their written instructions to help them make jam sandwiches fit for the Queen’s Jubilee! They practised cooking skills such as cutting and spreading and did a great job of following their instructions accurately! Some even used adverbs to really help them!
  • Foundation 2 Spring Update
    We’ve had an action packed and enjoyable Spring 2 half term. The children have definitely earned their break with all their hard work and super learning progress. This is a very full update but we will aim after the holidays to update you with more regular smaller posts. If you notice your child isn’t featured […]
  • Y1 – English – Superhero stories!
    This term, the children have enjoyed reading Supertato and have now written their own Superhero story! We wrote a first draft in our learning books, edited them and we are now writing them up neatly in our very own books! The children will be bringing these home at the end of the week for you […]