Writing at Kelsall
At Kelsall Primary & Nursery School we understand the importance of the written word and its role in inspiring children and unlocking their potential across the curriculum. Children who love the written word unlock a whole world of inspiration which can then translate into progression, achievement and passion in other areas.
We teach writing following the Pathways to Write units of work. These units of work are written by experienced English consultants and our teachers adapt these for bespoke delivery to their classes based on each year group's individual needs.
The units of work ensure children cover the National Curriculum for English in its entirety for writing; and the progressive structure of the programme ensures children's learning develops through the introduction of new skills being taught and regular opportunities to revisit and develop existing skills.
Pathways to Write is a proven methodology built around units of work which develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach. The units, for use with pupils from EYFS to Y6, provide clear detailed lesson plans and resources, linked to high-quality texts to ensure engaging and purposeful English lessons. Effective teaching strategies to challenge greater depth writers are included within each unit of work.
The whole school package includes 42 full units of work, six for each year group from EYFS to Year 6.
Further documents within the package to support the effective implementation of Pathways to Write include: an overview of year group skills from EYFS to Y6, a document to guide the progression and tracking of skills, an overview of reading and spoken language and a progressive guide to genres. Plus, writing opportunities for the application of grammar and punctuation.
Within each unit, there are new age-related skills for children to work on and master through a variety of activities and writing opportunities. By limiting the number of skills the units contain, children can really hone their writing techniques, providing an excellent, focussed assessment opportunities for teachers.
At regular intervals, there are suggestions for extending greater depth writers within the context of the lesson. These are simple, manageable and effective with little additional planning required.
Key elements of Pathways to Write:
Six detailed units of work for each year group from EYFS to Year 6
PowerPoints for each unit Y1-Y6 to support the delivery of the planning
Fully resourced sessions inspired by engaging texts
Progressive development vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach
Links creatively to the wider curriculum
Challenges greater depth writers
Full coverage of grammar and punctuation for each year group
Suggested whole class read to compliment the main units
3-4 weeks of planning gives schools and teachers time to incorporate other themes and topics into the curriculum