Writing - Sentence Stacking
Our curriculum ensures that all children have plenty of opportunities to write in different genres and for different purposes. We encourage writing through all curriculum areas and use quality reading texts to model examples of good writing. Writing is taught through a number of different strategies. We believe that children need lots of rich speaking and drama activities to give them the imagination and the experiences that will equip them to become good writers.
Teachers use a range of different strategies to engage children in a genre such as class texts, poetry, videos, experience days, visits and class trips to allow children to feel their writing has a clear purpose.
As a school we have adopted “The Write Stuff” by Jane Considine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing. “The Write Stuff” follows a method called “Sentence Stacking” which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together 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:
Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence.
Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques.
Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.
Each English lesson starts with a short spelling and handwriting task followed by specific grammar teaching tailored to the text type being studied and the specific needs of the children. This is then followed by the main body of the English lesson where the grammar skills are further practised and embedded.