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At Waverley Junior Academy, we want all our children to develop a love for writing and develop the skills they need to be able to write for a range of functional purposes as they move to the next phase of their education.   In order to so, we use topics of interest to inspire our purpose, audience and form.  By putting reading into writing at the heart of our curriculum the children are able to apply and develop a growing range of vocabulary to both fiction and non-fiction writing.  

The writing process includes: planning; drafting; sharing; evaluating; revising and editing; summarising; word, sentence, paragraph and whole text  construction.  This process begins with learning how to hold a pencil and correctly to form letters and develops throughout the time at school to enable the children to leave primary school able to write for a range of purposes.

To engage the children, we plan pre-writing activities where they can assess what they already know, research an unfamiliar topic, or arrange their ideas visually. We use appropriate reading material to help children build their understanding features of writing and allow time for the children to talk about their ideas before starting to write.  For example, a descriptive piece of writing may start with a practical activity to enable the children to use their senses: what did you see? How did it look? What sounds did you hear? How did it feel? What could you smell? What did you taste? 

As children write extended texts they are encouraged to proof read their own work to enable them to identify improvements. As they build their knowledge of writing, teacher marking and feedback encourages independence. For example at the start of the year marking may clearly indicate where an improvement could be made:add an adverb here.  By the end of the year,  the feedback is more general:can you add an adverbial phrase to paragraph 2.   Children respond to this marking using a green pen to enable them to see the progress they have made.   Publishing work is a celebration of written work to be proud of. 

We believe self-confidence is essential to enable our children to write with confidence and intertwine the teaching of phonics and Spelling Punctuation and Grammar(SPaG) into the writing process.  Phonics is taught in discrete sessions, as part of guided reading and within the writing process.  SPaG is taught both across the curriculum and where appropriately discreetly.  Teachers use their knowledge of the children to set personalised challenge through marking and feedback.