If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write - Martin Luther King
At Higher Openshaw, writing is informed by a range of experiences and high quality texts: it provides children with opportunity to develop skills in composition and transcription. The journey of writing for our children at Higher Openshaw consists of planning, drafting, evaluating and editing to create coherent pieces of writing which link to children’s topics.
Within our journey of writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught discreetly and explicitly, teaching develops pupils’ competence in these two dimensions. To help children write effectively, teachers go through a process which involves allowing pupils the opportunity to articulate, form and communicate ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. We have an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting taught explicitly through our handwriting scheme- examples of which can be found below.