We recognise that writing is a complex process but is fundamental to every subject and beyond the classroom. We are committed to supporting our students as they express themselves through their writing.
We explicitly teach a range of strategies to support students as they plan, write and edit short answers and more complex texts. We recognise that writing is a process and encourage our students to self-regulate their writing by giving them time and strategies to think, discuss, plan, respond, monitor, review and reflect upon their writing.
Students are encouraged to use graphic organisers, sentence stems and structure strips to help them to organise their writing. We encourage them to explore strategies to know how to remove scaffolding when they have internalised an approach to writing in a specific subject area.
We ask students to review their written responses and use mastery checks to indicate where they have addressed specific criteria for a particular task.
We teach students how to connect their reading to their writing, giving them models to support them as they write. By using real world articles and experts’ texts, we encourage students to write as a subject expert. We want students to be aware of how they should construct their writing for a specific audience and purpose – thinking about vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar and tone.
We support students to interrogate a question to support their response and to understand what they are specifically being asked to do.
We encourage students to use accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.