Writing is a key part of learning in English. At Brookland Junior we want our children to become confident, fluent writers who can write for a range of purposes and audiences. We want children to use a variety of sentence types, use a wide vocabulary and spell accurately. To be a good writer, children need to read widely and speak fluently and confidently in sentences. We encourage our children to 'read like a writer and write like a reader'. Our children are enthusiastic about their writing and enjoy English lessons.
At Brookland Junior we use Herts for Learning exemplified planning as the backbone of our English curriculum. These units are based on quality texts that appeal to boys and girls. Our lessons include reading, learning grammar, spelling and punctuation skills and applying these in independent writing. Children are encouraged to edit and proofread their writing and each half term they 'publish' a piece of writing.
Teachers use these Teacher Assessment Frameworks to assess children's writing in years 3-6. They will show you what your child needs to be able to demonstrate in their independent writing to achieve working towards age related expectations, age related expectations or greater depth.
In Key Stage 2, children have spelling rules to learn in addition to a list of statutory words. There is a list for Year 3/4 and one for Year 5/6 (see below).
Practising these words at home is very helpful. To help your child learn their weekly spellings, ask them to log in to their Purple Mash account, go to English, then Spellings and find their year group. There is a quiz for each weekly set of spellings for your child to try.
You can also encourage your child to use the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method to learn spellings. Children learn in different ways and there is not one 'set' way to learn spellings. Children will have a weekly test, please ask your child's class teacher for more information.