Writing in English

Statement of Intent

At Heddington we aim to instil a genuine love and feel of awe and wonder of language and the written word, through a text-based approach which links closely links to the teaching of reading. Careful links are made across the curriculum to ensure that children’s English learning is relevant, meaningful and aids their spirituality: where appropriate linking our reading and writing to the topics being taught. We encourage children to see themselves as writers and take inspiration from the texts that they read, seeing the beauty of language and provide them with opportunities to write a for different purposes. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion.

What do we want Children to Gain from English?

We want children to…

  • See themselves as writers
  • Understand they can use language to express their thoughts, feelings and beliefs
  • Write for a range of purposes
  • See writing as an interesting and enjoyable process
  • Present work neatly and take pride in the presentation of written work
  • Become confident and independent writers

How we Assess Impact

As well as the ongoing formative assessment that teachers use during every lesson to best meet the needs of each individual in their class, children are also formally assessed at the end of each unit and at the end of each term. The end-of-unit assessments help teachers to identify any areas in which may require more attention before moving on, while the end-of-term assessment results are recorded and shared with the Headteacher to monitor each child's long-term progress and show their attainment in relation to age-related expectations.

Children's progress is shared at parents' evenings and throughout the year, and in their end of year reports.

By the time children leave Heddington they will have made good progress from their starting points in reception, be able to produce written work in all areas of the curriculum to a high standard and be confident independent writers.

The English co-ordinator, alongside governors and other members of the team, has time to assess and review and evaluate writing learning across the school by talking to pupils, looking at their work and observing lessons.

Our English co-ordinator is Mr Humphries and Mrs Coombs.