At Bexton we teach writing skills by using high quality texts to engage the children's interest and teach the year group specific objectives that are broken down into these different areas:

  • Purpose & impact
  • Writer's techniques
  • Structure & shape
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Conjunctions & complex sentences
  • Sentence structure
  • Tense
  • Adverbs & adverbial phrases

During a writing lesson children will experience two modes of teaching:

Sentence stacking: Lessons concentrate on the teaching of writing with a sharp focus on the craft and construction of sentences. Each Sentence Stacking lesson is organised into three learning chunks. Sentences created by the pupils are celebrated and used to form a large class Sentence Stack which builds over the duration of the whole piece of text .

Experience lessons: Teachers use immersive teaching to stimulate ideas. The experience lessons can take many forms, e.g. a visit out or a drama technique deployed to stregthen and build children's imagination. 

Daily lessons will be structured to support the development of children's writing sequence and allow opportunities for children to write independently, subsequently this becomes an opportunity for teachers to assess what the children have learnt. Each lesson will have three parts and these will be repeated three times. The teacher will 'initiate' some ideas with a focus on a writing objective and 'model' this to the children, followed by the 'enable' part of the session where the children write their ideas.

Teachers also use lots of visual symbols from our 'writing rainbow' to help children understand the different parts of their writing.