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St James’s Catholic Primary School ‘Put out into the deep’


Writing: Transcription and Composition

Our children need to develop a passion and skill for writing in which they feel comfortable in experimenting with different styles and formats.  Our aim is to provide children with opportunities to enjoy writing and to understand the purpose of writing. Children need to want to write to be a successful writer.From the Foundation Stage, all children’s attempts at writing, including emergent writing, are valued and built upon, so that children appreciate the importance of their writing in conveying meaning to the reader.

 Writing is the development of the ‘writing voice’ through fast, fun, lively and predominantly oral activities.  Pupils ‘talk’ the ‘writing voice’, both within a dedicated writing lesson and at as many other points during the week as time allows.  In KS2, there is a weekly writing session.  In KS1, the emphasis will be on verbally rehearsing writing and this will lead to regular writing sessions as the year progresses.


As part of writing, the children are taught specific writing skills (VCOP):

V          How to use interesting and ambitious vocabulary (known as ‘wow’ words).

C          To experiment with and use a wide range of conjunctions.

O         To experiment with and use more ambitious openers, including conjunctives and ‘ing’ words.

P          To use the Punctuation Pyramid (particularly in KS2) to develop greater accuracy  in punctuation.

In KS1 and KS2 SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) is taught both discretely and as an embedded part of English lessons. With support and guidance children are encouraged to edit their work and identify areas of development in their own writing. This enables them to be more reflective learners and develops lifelong skills in writing.