At East Wichel, our teachers aim to provide writing experiences that enable our pupils to feel motivated and excited to write. We believe that reading widely is the best preparation for writing. Therefore, we start every English unit by immersing pupils in a high-quality text.
We expose our pupils to a range of fiction and non-fiction writing genres including narratives, persuasive texts, non-chronological reports, explanation texts, diary entries and poetry.
We also maximise cross-curricular opportunities by applying the style, convention and techniques used within English to other areas of the curriculum such as Science, History and Geography. This enables pupils to be versatile by allowing them to exercise their writing skills within a variety of contexts.
As a school, we believe very strongly that developing pupils' vocabulary has a significant impact on the quality of their writing.For this reason, we do a daily 'Vocabulary Ninja' session in which the pupils are exposed to ambitious vocabulary and explore the etymology of the words and taught to use them in the right context.
In order for pupils to produce a good quality piece of writing, teachers dedicate a considerable number of weeks to each English unit by following the 'Immersion, Imitation and invention' teaching structure.
Immersion: In this stage, pupils are immersed in a high quality text and are taught to analyse key language and structural features of the text.
Imitation: This stage focuses on identifying the grammatical features and adapting certain aspects of the text by using the author's style of writing.
Invention: In this stage,children will be given the opportunity to apply the learning from the previous stages by independently planning, drafting and editing their own writing.