Oracy and Writing

Claycots approach to Writing

At Claycots we believe that Writing gives you the ability to think, communicate, and make connections with the wider world. English and Literacy contribute to our whole school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings.

We understand the important role that reading plays in developing writers and the value of being immersed in high-quality literature. This is reflected in our English curriculum which uses a range of carefully chosen, high-quality texts to frame our units of work. As pupils progress through the school, we ensure that they will be exposed to a range of fiction and non-fiction appropriate to their age group that will capture their imagination and provide exciting and purposeful provocation for writing.

In order to enhance the pupils’ knowledge of our wider curriculum topics, we aim to link our writing outcomes with our quality texts and curriculum themes (where meaningful), with skills relating to grammar, punctuation, handwriting and spelling. This allows our pupils to utilise vocabulary and contextual knowledge to improve the quality of their writing. We teach vocabulary explicitly and encourage children to have a love of language that will allow them to make choices about language in their writing.

We place a great importance on oracy skills in order to prepare children for writing. This may involve opportunities for drama, debating, discussing and deliberating over ideas to ensure that pupils are cognitively stretched and challenged to formulate their own opinions and come to shared decisions. Pupils frequently have the opportunity to edit and revise their work through reflection and peer-guided support.