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English - Writing

At West Haddon Primary School children are provided with opportunities to write in many different contexts, for different purposes and audiences, across our school curriculum. Children are taught to form their letters correctly, leading to a fluent and legible style, and become increasingly aware of the conventions of writing, including grammar, punctuation and spelling.

The children will:

  • experience a wide range of writing activities to include both chronological and non chronological writing
  • relate writing to their own experiences and environment
  • discuss their writing frequently, talking about the various types and purposes of writing
  • be aware of the need to write legibly and to use layout and space effectively to aid the reader
  • experience grammatical vocabulary such as: sentence, verb etc. in line with the National Curriculum, through specifically designed activities
  • read examples of good writing in various forms and recognise the criteria for such writing
  • have experience of and become accustomed to drafting and redrafting their work
  • write in response to a wide range of stimuli
  • become increasingly aware of the role of dictionaries and thesauruses
  • become increasingly aware of spelling rules


VCOP is taught on a regular basis to reinforce sentence construction. It entails focused fun activities that develop the children’s understanding of effective use of vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation. It is applied through all writing across the curriculum.


  • Children are taught to write in the style of a range of genres, including:
  • Biographies
  • Discussions
  • Explanations
  • Instructions
  • Narratives
  • Newspapers
  • Non chronological reports
  • Persuasive
  • Playscripts
  • Poetry
  • Recounts

Children explore examples of these genres and find features that they can use to enhance their own writing.


Writing is taught and assessed based upon eight assessment focus areas:

  • AF5 - vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect
  • AF6 - write with technical accuracy of syntax and punctuation in phrases, clauses and sentences
  • AF3 - organise and present whole texts effectively, sequencing and structuring information, ideas and events
  • AF4 - construct paragraphs and use cohesion within and between paragraphs
  • AF1 - write imaginative, interesting and thoughtful texts
  • AF2 - produce texts which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose
  • AF7 - select appropriate and effective vocabulary
  • AF8 - use correct spelling

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West Haddon Endowed CofE Primary School,
The Green,
West Haddon,

Telephone: 01788 510318

Please call Nicola Elliott or Colette Bowers in the school office.

FAX: 01788 510318