Our writing lead in Mrs Dormand.
Curriculum Statement: Our curriculum is very closely linked to our vision “Be Courageous. Be Strong. Do Everything with love.” and this is at the centre of our curriculum design. As a school with a fluctuating cohort and large differences in numbers within each year group, our curriculum overview links to our class structure with subject specific focus and emphasis on skills progression. This approach ensures high expectations and outcomes that challenge and develop every child’s personal skillset. It is vital to us that our children have an inclusive curriculum that celebrates diversity and ‘brings the world to Warton’.
Intent: At Warton, we want every child to leave our school in Year 6 with a love of reading, a range of favourite authors and poets and to have the confidence to write for a range of purposes. For this reason, our reading and writing curricula are deeply entwined; with us following a whole school reading into writing process. At Warton this is based on a model of narrative, non- narrative and poetry-based writing opportunities. These are carefully sequenced from Early Years to Year 6 to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills and retrieve prior learning on a cyclical basis. In Reception, the children study and write three narrative and one non-narrative genre of writing, as to begin with in Autumn and Spring term, they focus on writing captions and labels building up to writing simple sentences. In KS1, children study and write 6 narrative and 6 non-narrative genres of writing and this then moves to 5 narrative and 7 non-narrative in KS2 to help prepare the children for KS3 and the wider world.
Spelling and grammar
From Year 1 to Year 6 we have implemented the Rising Stars spelling scheme which follows on from Rocket Phonics providing consistency in our approach across the school. Therefore, each week, from Year 1 to Year 6, the children have a spelling lesson which focuses on spelling patterns and rules appropriate for their year group. These spellings are then sent home for the to practise and then the children are tested on these the following week. During these lessons there is also a grammar focus taught which links to the genre of writing that the children are studying. Further grammar lessons are then built into the sequence of learning for each genre being taught.