Writing

 
 
 
 
 

At Darlinghurst we want our children to clearly understand the purpose for writing and enjoy becoming authors. From the first lesson in a series, children will begin to understand the reasoning behind each the purpose for each piece of writing.

Our four writing purposes are:

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Through year one to six we follow the 'Darlinghurst writing approach'. It is slightly different in year 1 and 2 to Key stage two, but follows the same principle. This approach will be evident in the English books. The children all follow a two-week cycle, culminating in an extended, independent piece every two weeks. Working walls are updated weekly to provide the children with key vocabulary and prompts for writing.

Key stage one cycle (Year 1 and 2)

Day one -Planning

The class teacher shares an Exemplication piece. This is a piece of writing that the teachers have written to include all of the elements required to be successful. The children then plan what they want their writing to include.

Day 2-Build a sentence

The teacher models how to build an effective sentence, linked to the writing. The children spend time crafting and writing sentences to include in their writing

Day 3 -Our Write

Writing is modelled to the children, sentence by sentence, if need be. The children produce their supported writing.

Day 4-Proof read and Edit

The children spend time improving their sentence structure, punctuation and spelling.

Week two shares the same structure until day 3 when the children write independently.

Key stage Two cycle (Year 3-6)

Day one -Planning

The class teacher shares an Exemplication piece. This is a piece of writing that the teachers have written to include all of the elements required to be successful. The children then plan what they need their writing to include.

Day 2-Build a paragraph

The teacher models how to build an effective paragraph, ordinarily using a child's planning from the previous day. The children spend time crafting and writing an effective paragraph to include in their writing.

Day 3 and 4 -Our Write

The children use their planning to write. The teacher can model each paragraph if need be. They use the steps to success in order to complete their piece of writing. Writing is shared with a talk partner and edited as they write. The children then proof read and edit their writing in green pen.

Key stage two-Week 2

Day One -Planning

The class teacher shares an Exemplication piece with the week's focus. This is a piece of writing that the teachers have written to include all of the elements required to be successful. The children then plan what they need their writing to include.

Day 3 and 4 -My Write

The children use their planning to write. They use the steps to success in order to complete their piece of writing. Writing is shared with a talk partner and edited as they write. The children then proof read and edit their writing in green pen.

Grammar, punctuation and spellings are also taught two or three times a week in every year group. This is timetabled and written in the back of the English books.

Handwriting

At Darlinghurst School we use the scheme 'Penpals for Handwriting' to teach handwriting across the school. This scheme runs from EYFS all the way though to Year 6 and teaches initial letter formation through to joining letters and groups of letters, with upper KS2 ready to refine and practise their presentation skills. At Darlinghurst, the children learn to join at the end of Year 2, when they can form all of their single letters correctly. In addition, in daily phonics lessons, children are taught handwriting phrases to match letters. For example 'b': down the bat, up and over the ball. This helps children to form their letters correctly.

Frequency of lessons

Each class will teach handwriting regularly across the week this will be either as a discreet handwriting session or as part of a handwriting and grammar session in key stage 2. These lessons will look slightly different depending on the age of the children but they all will start with the exercises required for the letters or joins they are learning. For children learning phonics, handwriting is part of their daily phonics sessions.

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Rationale for Penpals

Handwriting should always be actively taught. A flexible, fluent and legible handwriting style empowers children to write with confidence and creativity. Associating handwriting movement with visual letter patterns and aural phonemes will help children learn to spell.

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