The children at Swalecliffe Community Primary School will be provided with a writing curriculum designed to:
Our writing curriculum is underpinned by a wealth of research, in particular the work of Ross Young & Felicity Ferguson (Real-World Writers), Jane Considine (The Write Stuff) and The Education Endowment Foundation. The concept of ‘Real-World’ Writers encourages the children to see themselves as apprentice writers who every day write together in what feels like a combination of a creative writers’ workshop and a serious, professional publishing house. What we offer to children in school must feel real, relevant and meaningful to our children so that they are able to achieve their maximum potential. Real-World writing calls attention to the importance of children’s lives outside of the classroom as valued and legitimate sources of knowledge through a welcome project at the start of the year with a shared whole school stimulus and a personal project at the end of the year. We believe that when children’s thoughts, interests and experiences are acknowledged and celebrated as valuable subjects for writing, they are highly motivated to write. We want our children to feel part of an authentic writing community – as genuine writers. In English lessons, they learn about the writer’s craft and the processes that writing goes through, which genres best serve their purposes.
Our writing curriculum focuses on the following six purposes of writing:
Persuade or influence others by sharing their thoughts or opinions.
Entertain themselves or others by sharing stories – both real and imagined.
Reflect in order to better understand themselves; their place in the world or their response to a new subject.
Paint with words to show their artistry; their ability to paint images in the readers’ mind; to see things differently; to play around or simply have fun.
Make a record of something to look back on that they don’t want to forget.
Inform the reader of facts or other important information.
Most importantly though, we must ensure that children see that these purposes are interconnected.
The children will be taught to recognise how genres fit within these purposes: how skills and knowledge in writing is transferable across genres, as a result of these purposes.