Writing at Hayward's is based on the following key principles.
Reading writing: children rarely become good writers unless they read well. Writing lessons include daily opportunities to read aloud independently and shared - developing expression, intonation and awareness of punctuation is crucial to children being able to write fluently. Children regularly see and read good examples of writing.
Modelling writing: writing being modelled by the teacher is as an integral part of writing lessons. Children see the thought process involved with writing; the careful construction of sentences, the craft of writing, the reading back of writing, the reviewing of writing.
Practising writing: This happens if not, daily, close to. They learn and practise skills in discrete activities but have regular opportunities to compose paragraphs of writing around a theme to practise the use of these skills. Practising writing can be shared, paired and independent.
Editing writing: Children learn the important process of proofreading their work. Editing – called polishing – is completed in purple pen. Children learn to identify errors and make corrections, as well as consider ways to improve their content.
Publishing writing: Children’s writing is purposeful – practising should work towards end goals where children have a real audience for their writing. Children have opportunities to read or perform their own writing to peers, friends, family, visitors or know that their writing will be read by another – beyond the teacher.