Writing Curriculum Statement
It is our intent at CPA to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
We want our children to have a positive attitude towards communication and to be able to independently express their emotions and their ideas. Through our English Curriculum, we strive to teach the children how important their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be in the real world. By giving this context to their learning, the children understand the value of English to them now, and in their futures.
As such, Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum.
We intend for pupils to be able to independently plan, revise and evaluate their own writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing their effective transcription and effective composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to write with fluent, legible handwriting which is produced at an appropriate pace.
At CPA, there is a real emphasis on spoken language, which sits at the heart of our English teaching. We encourage a need to talk and to experience a rich diet of oracy skills, in order to think and to learn. There is an expectation of all children speaking in full sentences and teachers consistently modelling academic talk, ensuring vocabulary development.
With regards to Spelling, teachers will show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language and vocabulary. They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Pupils will be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously to ensure it is always appropriate to the context.
We also endeavour to deliver a wider non-core curriculum that provides regular opportunities for pupils to use and apply the writing and spoken language skills they have acquired from the English Curriculum.