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St Swithun's Church of England Primary Academy

Valuing individuals, aspiring and achieving together in faith


“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”   Toni Morrison

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” 

Stephen King


Writing and storytelling are not easy. They take effort, time, practice and the courage to begin.  Writing and storytelling give our chldren the tools to express themselves and to communicate with others and themselves.  They are a way to escape and create and understand the world.

There is evidence that teaching reading and writing as distinct disciplines enhances our chldren's achievement in all subjects. Without strategies for reading and opportunities to write, children have difficulty mastering concepts. Writing and reading support one another and are firmly linked with both thinking and learning. 


The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 include:s 2 dimensions:

  • transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).


  • Children are also taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.
  • Children are learning how to use success criteria to evaluate their own and one another's composition.
  • Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words.
  • Effective composition involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently.In order to do this children need to be aware of the audience, purpose and context for their writing and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
  • Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.

Our non-negotiables in writing