We start with a quality text. By giving children examples of quality writing, linked to their topic or theme, we aim to inspire them to write and give them opportunities to achieve. We often start by deconstructing model texts with our pupils and then allow them to use structures from well-known authors and adapt them to suit their own writing (sometimes ‘borrowing’ from others is useful!).
We use drama techniques to make texts/writing come to life such as Hot-Seating (where people take on the role of characters from a story and other people ask them questions) and Conscience Alleys (where one pupil walks through a tunnel of the other pupils and explores a dilemma faced by a character).
We use shared and modelled writing to support children in the initial stages of writing through teacher demonstration, teacher scribing, supported composition and then independent writing. We also use Guided Writing, which involves a group of pupils sitting with the teacher, rehearsing, questioning, clarifying and revising as each produces an individual piece of writing.
We create opportunities for critical reflection, where the children independently, or with support from their peers, look at their writing and make it even better.
Like reading, writing is an every day activity in school. Providing opportunities for these activties at home will support children's development in these key areas.