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Wonderful writing

How we teach writing at St Nicolas


A secure basis in literacy is crucial to a high quality education. Our curriculum prepares all pupils to lead an enriched and fulfilling life by teaching them the skills needed to write effectively.


Teaching writing

Children in EYFS develop their writing journey through mark making; fine motor skills; creating opportunities for children to write and the RWI Get Writing programme and this continues in year 1. One lesson a week is spent as a whole class to further develop writing skills.

From year 2 onwards, children follow our writing process:

  •  Hook - this could be a piece of music, a crime scene, a school trip, a book etc.
  • WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) - children learn what they will be writing; identify how the text is constructed and have some vocabulary and sentence work around the text. Children will 'have a go' at writing their own version of the WAGOLL (or part of it) which is heavily modelled by the teacher through shared writing.
  • Planning - ideas and vocabulary are collated to support the children. Children will plan their writing through text mapping, spider diagrams etc.
  • Drafting - children will produce their own writing using what they have learnt.
  • Editing - children will revisit their writing, making improvements to their draft.
  • Publish - children will produce a final version of their writing. This could be as an actual letter to send, a double page spread, a class book etc.


Transcription skills (handwriting and spelling) are taught discretely throughout the school. We follow the RWI Spelling scheme from year 2 to year 6.


Assessing children's writing

Assessment is used to inform planning; identify and address misconceptions and to identify children that might need additional support. Teacher assessment frameworks have been created from years 1-6 so there is consistency throughout the school.


Writing interventions

Writing interventions are used to provide additional support to those children who are not writing at age-related expectations. Writing interventions at St Nicolas' include:

  • Precision teaching
  • PP writing recovery
  • Colourful semantics
  • SNIP literacy
  • Rainbow road
  • Toe by Toe



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