The ability to write is fundamental to a child’s development as an independent learner. Teachers at Brampton Primary School use their own and the children’s creative ideas to provide opportunities to write within English lessons and across the curriculum. Opportunities to write are planned for with consideration given to real-life contexts to provide purpose and are integrated where possible in other areas of learning to motivate and inspire our children and to ensure that English links are made clear.

In addition to these writing opportunities, children also have a weekly Big Writing lesson, during which they focus on a key writing target for improvement set by their teacher from a previous session. Our children are given a set amount of time during which they will develop and improve their writing skills. Writing has a well-developed profile in our school through Big Writing and this has also helped to improve children’s attitudes to writing.

Effective composition involves articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. This is a key focus for teachers and children in the lead up to their Big Writing lesson each week.

At Brampton we recognise that correct spelling, punctuation and grammar are needed to make the meaning of children’s writing clear and well-chosen, ambitious vocabulary will ensure that children are able to express their ideas and can engage the interest of the reader. Our teachers aim to teach grammar in creative and meaningful ways that go beyond simply knowing terms and categories, towards encouraging pupils to enjoy playing with grammar and language.

At Brampton Primary School we aim to contextualise the teaching of grammar. This is characterised by high levels of discussion between children and adults and children about language choices, effects and experimentation, encouraging decision-making in their own writing.

Writing down ideas fluently depends on:

1. Effective transcription which involves spelling quickly and accurately
2. Handwriting which should become joined, legible and speedy.

As a result these important areas are taught during the week to support the children’s writing development.