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Writing is an opportunity for children to express themselves, be creative, express ideas, opinions and show their true self. At Northdown Primary, we use an approach that highlights quality core texts and modelled writing that works to challenge our children but also we ensure children have a purpose. There is meaning behind their final write which enables children to have ownership over their writing. This helps our children to develop quality language and sentence structure and provides them with the tools they need to be a creative writer. The core texts are not just part of their writing lessons but are also the body of each terms learning in reading and wider curriculum. The texts are part of the core focus towards being able to confidently answer their big question each term. This approach enables writing to be interwoven between every subject taught across the curriculum giving them challenge and creativity for different styles of writing. Poetry, which is also embedded within our wider curriculum, is taught three times a year within each year group.


Within each term children are taught three cycles of writing; fiction and two non-fiction. Within this children are encouraged to analyse, plan, draft and edit their own writing and learn about the structure, grammar and features of specific genres or text types. We also expect children to have the opportunity for longer pieces of writing in their wider curriculum lessons where they will be able to embed the skills learnt in their writing lessons.


High quality texts draw out new vocabulary to help support pupils in their writing development. A range of genres are covered to help children understand different story and text types.



SPaG is taught within the cycles in Key Stage One to allow the children to embed the basic skills. This is also the same in Key Stage Two however they also benefit from discreet lessons which link to the writing cycle and text type. The skills learnt are applied throughout the curriculum and modelled in exemplars for children to use from our learning walls.

Core Text Whole School Overview