Writing at Cookley Sebright Primary School
At Cookley we use The Write Stuff approach to teaching writing. This approach is structured and systematic, giving children at all attainment levels an excellent foundation and framework for accurate and effective writing. We love collecting new and exciting vocabulary to use in our writing and do this in many fun and engaging ways such as using drama; film clips; soundscapes/music and visitors into our school. However, we know that words alone can be abstract and so have a huge emphasis on sentence level work to ensure that children are making good vocabulary choices and working in chunks of sense. Our Writing lessons are either Experience Days, where children are immersed into activities which stimulate ideas and vocabulary, or Sentence Stacking lessons where the children follow a model to write their own sentences. At the end of a sequence, children have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learnt, planning their own fiction, non-fiction or poetry pieces and using the lenses from the Writing Rainbow to plan and structure their work.
The Writing Rainbow
At Cookley, our writing is underpinned by the Writing Rainbow (as shown below). This consists of three tiers:
- The FANTASTICs which are the 9 ideas for writing.
- The GRAMMARISTICs which are all the technical grammar elements of writing in the curriculum.
- The BOOMTASTICs which are the techniques of writing and this tier includes those things that make our writing sparkle.
Here at Cookley, we follow No Nonsense Literacy Teaching Sequences. These are a series of detailed learning activities written around high-quality suggested texts that model effective and exciting writing.
The teaching sequences follow a three-part plan: Learning about the text, Practising writing and independent writing. Each sequence is based on quality children's literature and has reading activities and grammar taught in context included. Each sequence is planned carefully to match the needs of the children in each class.
Examples of our English teaching sequences for each year group.
Good phonics is one of they key components to children being able to read, and then comprehend, accurately and effectively. Children are taught phonics on a daily basis from Nursery through to Year 2 where the children then move on to learning spelling patterns to use within their writing.
To ensure a rigorous and robust approach, we follow the order of the sounds as laid out in the 'Read, Write, Inc.' scheme and use the published resources to support this learning. However, we have developed our own teaching structure for phonics sessions following the 'Revisit, Review, Teach, Practise, Apply' model which provides a rich and varied range of games and learning opportunities for the children to learn and practise their sounds. For more detail, please see our 'Reading Strategy'.
Below are some useful links to help parents understand how the scheme works and also videos explaining how to say the sounds correctly.