At St. Matthew’s, we want to develop confident writers with the capacity to share their creativity and craft with their audience.
We strongly believe that good writing stems from a healthy relationship with reading and that is why our curriculum is designed with the flexibility to engage and inspire young minds.
We follow a three step process when teaching writing: recognise – replicate – recreate. This in itself is replicating the Read Write Inc. model which we have implemented successfully over the last 7 years.
The first step towards becoming a successful writer is the ability to recognise and understand what it is that makes effective writing. Before we begin writing ourselves, we spend time examining the key characteristics of writing in different genres.
Once we have spent time familiarising ourselves with the style and content of different writing genres, we spend time practising or replicating what we have learnt. During this phase, we hone our grammatical skills and develop our organisational skills, sentence structure and use of vocabulary.
Now that we are aware and comfortable with what good writing looks like, and we have had time to practise our skills, now we look to harness our children’s creativity through independent writing tasks. At St. Matthew’s we ensure that our children get the opportunity to write for many different purposes across the curriculum.