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Greenleaf Primary School & Nursery


Our Approach to Writing

Here at Greenleaf, we strive to ensure, by the time our children leave primary school, they have with them the passion, stamina and skillset needed to tackle any writing challenge which befalls them. We are each of us life-long learners and encourage our children to constantly push the boundaries of what we think is possible in writing.


How do we teach writing?

Following a range of strategies, such as Talk for Writing, quality texts, collaborative work and integrated drama (like hot-seating, freeze-frames and conscience alley) we bring writing to life. Our talk for writing and creative approaches are all built on the strong foundation of phonics, spelling, handwriting and grammar.  Our teachers are passionate and creative about writing and demonstrate high-quality models for every topic. At the heart of our writing approach, is an emphasis on vocabulary and success criteria; this gives the children the opportunity to be exposed to –and begin to independently use – a host of high-level vocabulary, running alongside the tools for success needed. Children will learn how to create variety and interest in their writing through the range of sentence types taught.


What does a topic look like in writing?

Throughout the year, children are exposed to a wealth of text types from narratives, character profiles, poetry, non-chronological reports, newspaper reports, speech writing and many more (see curriculum maps below) with the aim that the skillset they develop, can be applied to whichever writing challenge they are presented with.

  • The process of writing is taught explicitly within each topic. Lessons often begin with an exploration of success criteria and vocabulary, with the children being encouraged to up-level and collaborate to create ones themselves
  • Writing consists of the process from idea to plan to draft and then on to edit and publish with each topic resulting in a ‘Big Write’
  • Writing is purposeful with the audience in mind from the very start
  • Topics often allow children to adapt models, incorporating self-lead ideas and inspiration
  • Children are given time to revise their work, to peer edit and to conference with an adult to further extend
  • Vocabulary is embedded within every lesson
  • A broad range of sentence types, which challenge and extend our learners, are incorporated into every lesson, with teachers constantly referring to success criteria for support. This allows children the ownership as well to constantly adapt and evolve their own ideas
  • A range of writing approaches are evident in each topic to allow every learner the chance to succeed

Please see our 'Progression in Writing' document (below) for further information about writing in your child’s year group.



The Letterjoin handwriting scheme is taught through explicit teaching from the Autumn Term in Year 1. Teachers are expected to model this cursive style on the board and in pupil's books. (See 'Progression in Handwriting' document below for further details.)


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