Writing

We follow the approach of "The Write Stuff" by Jane Considine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing. Many of our year groups experienced the approach during the lockdown of January to March 2021 through live lessons online with great engagement, success and enjoyment and in April we launched this across the school!

"The Write Stuff" follows a method called "Sentence Stacking" which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together chronologically and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing. 

An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken in to 3 learning chunks. Each learning chunk has three distinct parts for a writing lesson; Initiate, Model, Engage.

Initiate is a time to inspire pupils - this chunk can take any form, a text extract to analyse, drama convention to explore characters further, a soundscape to recreate an environment, a film clip to provide a shared plot point or a powerful image to stimulate ideas.

Model is the bridge between ideas gathering and articulating the thought processes of a writer at work - modelling must be presented as a generic construction where the rich word and phrase bank collected previously can be applied to generate various different outcomes

Engage is the opportunity for pupils to showcase what they can do within particular writing parameters - pupils must follow the sentence construction rules laid down by the teacher and they will have many ways they can make choices due to level of input during the initiate phase. Pupils who complete this quickly should be encouraged to ‘deepen the moment’ whereby they make choices to write more about the writing focus


“The Write Stuff” uses three essential components to support children in becoming great writers

  • Ideas - The FANTASTICs uses a child friendly acronym to represent the nine idea lenses through which children can craft their ideas.

  • Tools - The GRAMMARISTICS. The grammar rules of our language system and an accessible way to target weaknesses in pupils grammatical and linguistic structures.

  • Techniques - The BOOMTASTICs which helps children capture 10 ways of adding drama and poetic devices to writing in a vivid visual.