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Clyst St Mary Primary School

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Intent, Implementation and Impact


At Clyst St Mary we aim for our children to:-

  • Write clearly, accurately and cohesively adapting language and style for range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Develop positive attitudes toward writing. 
  • To be able to write with a proficient awareness of grammar and punctuation.



Opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of writing are as follows:


• Phonics and spelling: We follow the Read Write Inc. phonics programme for our children in Reception to Year 2 and for our children in Years 3 and 4 who need extra phonics practise. Read Write Inc. is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. The children are taught in small groups everyday and one to one coaching is provided to children where additional phonics interventions are required. 

• Emergent writing: In Reception and Key Stage One children are given daily opportunities to write freely within a particular genre and across the curriculum. This gives them the opportunity to become emergent writers.

• Shared Writing : Within each teaching sequences shared writing is a key activity.

• Guided Writing/Independent Writing: Each teaching sequence ends with an opportunity for guided and independent writing. There are also frequent opportunities for independent writing throughout the other curriculum areas.

• Extended writing: Throughout the term there are opportunities for extended writing. On a termly basis samples of these extended writing outcomes are used for assessment purposes.

• Special Writing Books: Children keep samples of their best written work in their own Special Writing Book. The work is annotated to show how much support a child has been given. Each term two pieces of work are put in the book. This book shows progress throughout their time at Clyst St Mary.

• Handwriting: We use the Letterjoin scheme to teach handwriting. Children have twice weekly lessons in Key Stage One and weekly sessions in key stage two . All children in reception and key stage one learn to write with a pencil. In key stage two classes children are given a pen licence when they are able to join fluently.

• Spelling: Children from Years 1 to 6 are given lists of spellings each week to learn at home. 


Work is marked and assessed against specific criteria in line with the marking and assessment policies and twice yearly meetings involve teachers moderating the assessment of this work. Samples of work at the various levels are kept in the moderation file.



They will be equipped with a strong command of the written word and acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for writing. Pupils will write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Pupils will make at least good progress from their starting points.