Writing at Manor Wood
At Manor Wood we understand the needs of our children and we strive for them to develop into articulate and imaginative communicators, who are well-equipped with the basic skills they need to become life-long learners; English learning is key in this. Our children come from a particularly wide range of backgrounds and our curriculum reflects their varied needs. All children from Early Years to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum. It is our intent 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. Writing is a crucial and powerful tool for expression and we equip our students with skills and confidence to achieve their potential and leave their mark on the world.
We aim to ensure all of our children develop a genuine love of language and the written word, through a focus on Oracy and a text-based approach in our writing; this links closely to the way we teach reading, as text study informs and inspires our writing sequence. Our text choices reflect the rich diversity in our school population.
Careful links are made across the curriculum at Manor Wood to ensure that children’s English learning is relevant and meaningful: where possible linking our reading and writing to our History and Geography topics, where we provide a wealth of exciting experiences to develop our children’s cultural capital. We ensure that children develop an understanding of how widely writing is used in everyday life and, therefore, how important and useful the skills are that they are learning. In our writing process at Manor Wood, we intend for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. Our children are real authors who plan, draft and redraft their work many times as part of producing a final text. To be able to do this effectively, pupils focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. They also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and spelling, as teachers show pupils how to understand the relationships between words and to understand nuances in meaning. We recognise the varied needs of our diverse school community and understand how to support and challenge all children in our writing curriculum which is ambitious for all learners.