Confident, enthusiastic writers

Vision for Writing

At Dove Bank, all our writing is underpinned with a purpose, whether that is letter writing, narrative or persuasion.

We aim to do this through a structured and progressive approach to writing, which teaches the pupils the skills they need for particular genres of writing before applying them in context.

In order to do this effectively, we develop spelling, punctuation and grammar skills and build these skills up over a unit of work in order to produce high-quality, final pieces which showcase the progression the children have made.

It is vital that children consider their audience as they are writing as this will shape the content and tone of the writing.

What’s New?

Using Talk for Writing as a structure for our teaching, we build up the lessons around a carefully-chosen text, exploring genre, character and setting.

After some innovation, children are then able to produce their own independent piece in the style of the genre studied.

Texts are chosen carefully to extend and challenge while also enhancing the topic chosen for the half term.

Spelling is taught systematically through phonics initially then using the No Nonsense Spelling programme.

Subject Leader Biography

Hello everyone, my name is Mrs Heath and I have the pleasure of leading the subject of English at Dove Bank.

I am passionate about children’s writing and want them to be able to write for a range of audiences.

I enjoy finding exciting ways in to inspire children’s writing.

Whatever direction the children take in life, writing skills will be essential.


Subject priorities

To ensure that children are engaged in their writing by thinking of the audience and purpose when they write.

To ensure that writing is built up over time, allowing the children to show a progression of skills before applying them in a high-quality piece of writing.

To ensure that writing is topic-linked to allow children to be fully immersed in the specific topic and use the learning from the wider curriculum in their writing.

Useful links

ICT Games provides a selection of games aimed at improving phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting.

Pobble 365 provides a different picture every day of the year, to use as a stimulus for writing and orally telling stories.

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