“Finding new words that I don’t usually use and getting to use them in my creative writing makes me feel like I have really achieved something.”
– Deborah age 9
At Yavneh Primary, we believe giving purpose to our writing is essential to develop creative, ambitious individuals who see themselves as authors. Our writing curriculum is well sequenced and ensures that skills build carefully upon one another so there is a clear progression from one year to the next allowing children at all attainment points to deepen their understanding and develop a love of writing across a range of genres. We believe it is essential to give children the opportunity to plan and develop their ideas before writing and for them to understand that writing is a process where work can always be edited, revised, developed and improved. Our curriculum aims to inspire all children to be creative individuals who respond to a range of stimuli keeping their audience and purpose in mind.
Within our curriculum:
- We will, from Hachana to Kitta Vav, develop children’s vocabulary, allowing them to comprehend others and to express themselves clearly and poetically.
- We will provide a curriculum that values the dramatic arts as a means of developing confidence and the ability to express oneself with confidence.
- We will develop children’s grammar so that they have a good understanding of the mechanics of spoken and written English. Our aim is that this will allow them to write clearly and accurately regardless of genre.
- Phonics will be taught progressively from Hachana to Kitta Bet, using the RWI model, as an effective way of developing children’s reading and spelling skills.
- The teaching of handwriting will be taught to develop legibility and fluidity and to encourage all children to take pride in the presentation of their work, regardless of discipline.
- Children will be given the opportunity to read and write a variety of genres: different fictional styles, poetry, non-fiction. They will learn to adopt the appropriate tone and ‘voice’ for each genre.
- Children will be encouraged to reflect upon their writing, edit and improve.
- When reading, children will be taught to read with fluency and expression. The curriculum will develop their ability to comprehend, analyse and critique different texts.