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St Clare's Catholic Primary School

With Jesus we learn to love and love to learn



Written skills are at the heart of the children’s learning, we aim for the children to recognise this to enable them to communicate with others effectively. They are taught to write for a variety of purposes and to express their own feelings and ideas.


Writing lessons will focus on a sequence of teaching that supports a final independent piece for writing. We have adopted the Talk4Writing process that reflects a whole school embedded teaching sequence of imitation, innovation and independent work that mimics the text that was initially used to inspire.  



A range of genres are carefully chosen to support the contents of the National Curriculum to ensure the required literary skills are built upon in each year group. Writing is carefully sequenced to build knowledge, skills, vocabulary and experiences, which build on prior learning and enable pupils to make connections between ideas/their learning and the world around them.


Spelling is taught in short daily bursts with a focus on developing children’s understanding of spelling rules and anomalies, rather than rote learning. A scheme is used which follows the same phonics programme in KS1 to ensure consistency in the approach to spelling.   Statutory words are taught alongside the programme as well as Tier 2 & 3 vocabulary which is highlighted when taught in the foundation topics, this building a relationship of writing across all subjects.





Mission Statement

With Jesus, we learn to love and love to learn

Our Vision

To give every child a sense of belonging, so that they have a safe and stable base from which to develop and learn.

To enable every child to grow academically, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally in the knowledge that they are loved by God and can feel safe and valued within our school community.

To nurture and support children through their primary school journey so that they are confident and well equipped  to progress into the wider world as strong, independent learners and thoughtful, caring individuals.

Our Values








Our Intent

  • be effective, sensitive,  competent communicators and good listeners;
  • express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate responses to a range of texts both fiction and non-fiction using appropriate technical vocabulary
  • foster an interest in words and their meanings, and to develop a growing vocabulary in both spoken and written form;
  • enjoy and engage with and understand a range of text types and genres;
  • be able to write in a variety of styles and forms showing awareness of audience and purpose;
  • develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness in all areas of literacy;
  • use grammar and punctuation accurately;
  • understand spelling conventions;
  • produce effective, well-presented written work using pre-cursive or cursive writing.
  • feel confident speaking in class and be able to clearly explain their understanding and ideas.




  • Cold task where the teacher can assess the attainment of the children
  • At the beginning of each cold task the children are assessed against the assessment criteria to enable them to see what is expected.  This is repeated at the end of the teaching sequence to assess learning.
  • Talk for Writing’ starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Children learn to tell a story off by heart. They tell the story with expression and actions.
  • Once a story is learnt, the children are encouraged to adapt it to make it their own, for example by changing the characters or the setting.



  • The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects.
  • The children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading.
  • The approach moves from dependence towards independence
  • Develops the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully in a variety of genres.


Progression Map for Writing