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"What you write becomes who you are, so make sure you love what you write."

JK Rowling



At All Hallows C of E Primary School, we want all children to be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing and reach their full potential. We want our children to be well equipped with the fundamental skills they need to become life-long learners; English learning is key in this. We aim to ensure all of our children develop a genuine love of language through our well-structured lessons. We make links to other areas of the curriculum, as well as making writing relevant and meaningful to the children.




Writing is taught across the whole school, from Foundation to Year 6. Each class studies different high-quality texts, lasting from a short unit, to a whole half-term depending on text type, length and year group. We passionately believe that reading and writing are inextricably linked, therefore studying the text in both reading and writing sessions encourages children to make links with an intent to become a reflective and ambitious writer.


Planning and progression maps ensure that a variety of genres are taught and built-upon both throughout each year group and throughout the school. Writing is also a key focus in the wider curriculum, and children are given the opportunity to transfer and build upon their knowledge of a genre studied during English lessons, and apply this learning to a topic focus. Through their English learning, children will acquire and learn the skills to plan, draft and refine their written work over time and are encouraged to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement.


Within each unit of work, sequenced lessons ensure that prior learning is checked and built upon (spiral teaching) and that National Curriculum objectives are taught through a combination of approaches/opportunities, including:


  • Opportunities to participate in drama & spoken language activities
  • Exploring and learning the features of different text types and modelled examples (E.g. Spotting features in a WAGOLL – What a good one looks like)
  • Handwriting practice
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Shared writing (modelled expectations)
  • Discrete Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar lessons
  • Independent writing
  • Planning, drafting, editing, up-levelling and presenting
  • Performing
  • "Everybody Writes" - our whole school writing projects



Genre Progression at All Hallows