English - Writing

Writing at the Duke of Bedford

At the Duke of Bedford Primary School we believe that every child should leave our school with the skills they need to communicate confidently in written form. We understand the role that reading plays in developing children’s writing therefore our English curriculum is based around quality texts to ensure that children are exposed to ambitious vocabulary and inspiring ideas.

We follow the Read to Write schemes of work for our English lessons which bases writing on core vehicle texts to inspire and enthuse a range of writing genres. Each half term children produce a narrative and non-fiction piece of writing as well as having many opportunities for incidental writes such as poetry. Our units of work focus on the audience and purpose of the text. From here children focus on exploring and developing vocabulary, and consider the authors intent behind word and phrase choices. The children will explore an example text and the grammatical features that help make it successful, before reaching the stages of planning, writing and editing their own text.

It is important that our children are proud of their writing and so we have a high expectation for presentation and handwriting. Children in Reception develop letter formation following the Little Wandle Phonics Programme. From there, handwriting is developed using the ‘Letterjoin’ scheme that develops correct letter formation in Year 1 and goes on to introduce joined handwriting in Year 2.

Below you can access our supporting documents for our writing curriculum including our intent, implementation and impact statement, our year group over views and the core texts used to inform our writing lessons in school.