Our approach to Writing

At Chesterton we strive to ensure that every child, by the time they finish primary school, can write in a manner which is clear, grammatically correct and engaging. As writing is a key life skill, we promote daily writing opportunities so that children can successfully write for a range of audiences and purposes.

The children’s enjoyment of writing will shine in their bold vocabulary choices, careful presentation and clear understanding of what they are writing about. Additionally, they will use precise grammatical terminology to discuss and learn from the works of notable authors and to explain their own writing choices. Their resulting skills, knowledge and passion for writing will lead to success in further education, employment and personal life endeavours.    

How we teach Writing

At Chesterton, children are immersed in a subject for a half term. They study a quality book about their theme and take a related trip which allows them to develop the knowledge to write with confidence and authority. In class, teachers write example pieces so children understand the characteristics of different genres. Additionally, for each piece, children are taught a grammar concept which helps them to write accurately and learn the correct terminology to discuss writing with precision.

Children will encounter the same grammar skills across the school to ensure they have mastered the concepts thoroughly and are introduced to increasingly complex grammar concepts as they progress each year.  At tables, word banks or displays guide children towards suitable and striking vocabulary choices while paragraph plans often help children to structure their work logically.

Children craft a piece of writing over two days; this helps children build their writing stamina and gives them sufficient time to create a quality piece. Children’s personal writing targets are always accessible to them so they know their next steps towards riveting writing.

You can read our Chesterton curriculum progression for writing here

Useful links 

Oxford Owl

BBC – KS1 English

BBC – KS2 English

Primary Resources

The School Run

Primary Homework Help

English Terminology Glossary for Parents

Top Marks




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