Grammatical knowledge and writing fundamentals are taught in a cycle of engagement, modelling, practice and review.
The sessions in English could contain the following elements:
Engaging opener/Warm up – focus on a particular skill drawn from the text being studied (could be a grammar, spelling, punctuation, language skill). Warm up activities can be tasks adapted from some of the Phase Toolkit ideas and could also be an opportunity for test question practice (see test question practice section).
Shared writing/Modelled writing – where the shared text is used as a model text to magpie ideas from – creating sentences with a focus on a particular skill (see Phase 3 sentence ideas)
Independent task – depending on the session – this could be a writing or guided reading task
Plenary – Review children’s learning, end with a mini assessment task based on the outcome, add shared learning to the working wall or washing line; view children’s work under a visualizer or use iPad to display children’s work on interactive screen for analysis.
Year 1 Writing Overview (See long term overviews for details of text studied)
- Write sentences.
- Orally compose a sentence.
- Combine short sentences to write narratives.
- Check own writing makes sense.
- Discuss own writing.
- Read their writing aloud.
Year 2 Writing Overview (See long term overviews for details of text studied)
- Plan aloud.
- narratives (personal, real and fictional)
- real events
- for different purposes
- ideas, key words, vocabulary
- in sentences
- Re-read and check own writing for sense.
- Edit own writing.
- Read aloud
Lower Key Stage 2 Writing Overview (See long term overviews for details of text studied).
- Discuss writing structure, vocabulary and grammar
- recording ideas
- Oral sentences, practise range of sentence structures.
- Read own work aloud.
- Evaluate and edit, own and peer (grammar, vocabulary, pronouns, spelling and punctuation)
- Create settings, characters, plot
- Non-fiction sub- headings
Upper Key Stage 2 Overview (See long term overviews for details of text studied).
- Adapt form for audience
- Pastiche writing
- Describing settings, characters and atmosphere
- Headings, bullet points, underline
- Evaluate and edit peer and own writing.
- Consistent and correct tense
- Subject and verb agreement
- Correct use of singular and plural
- Appropriate register for speech /writing.
- Read own writing aloud.