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Subject Statement of Intent – Writing

At Holy Rosary, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing, performing and discussion. We understand that children join our school with varying starting points and as a result we provide opportunities for children to enhance their language and vocabulary through a variety of learning.

Children are constantly exposed to high quality texts through English lessons and also through other areas of the curriculum. We use books and reading as the basis for knowledge gathering, comparing and the basis for writing.

We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their work through published pieces of writing; that they can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. Children learn to handwrite with pre-cursive letters with leading lines which then develops to full-cursive style as the children progress through the school. Grammar is learnt discreetly and through a range of contexts giving the children the opportunity to apply their learning. We develop writing skills so that children have the stamina and ability to write at the age related standard. We provide a wide range of activities including the use of film and imagery, music, ICT, modelled, shared and guided writing, self and peer assessment and discussion. All children are given the opportunities to plan, draft, edit and then re-draft their published pieces so that they are proud of their work. We expect the children to demonstrate these skills in all forms of writing in all subjects including, Religion, Science, History and Geography. Children are given opportunities to communicate with their peers and adults through discussions to develop their learning and to build confidence. We teach our pupils to speak clearly; to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask a variety of questions. Children are encouraged to share and express their ideas in order to develop a more sophisticated vocabulary independently.

We aim to develop:

A wide vocabulary and a technical understanding of how the English language works.
• The ability to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for, a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

• The ability to use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

• Competency in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Children develop a secure knowledge base which has been mapped out throughout the school so that their learning follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through our school. We believe that a secure basis in English skills are crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

Key Knowledge

Below are the key knowledge documents for each year group. There are three key knowledge documents per year group, Autumn, Spring and Summer. The documents show the key learning for each of the genres taught throughout the year. Included in the key knowledge information is the key learning for reading and writing and the texts that will be used.

Progression Maps

Below are the progression maps for writing across the school. They map the journey of the children’s learning from Foundation Stage through to Year 6 under the different elements of writing.


Assessment of Writing is completed throughout the school by class teachers.

In Early Years Foundation Stage, writing is assessed using the Early Learning Goals and Development Matters for Writing. This is recorded using the Tapestry Online Learning Journal and Insight Tracker.

In KS1 and KS2, writing is assessed against key knowledge descriptors for each area of the curriculum. This takes place regularly and is recorded using Insight Tracker.

Teacher at Holy Rosary work with others in the borough to moderate work ensure judgements are accurate.