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Friendship – I encourage others and build them up.

Trust – I am honest and helpful and make the right choices.

Respect – I treat others how I would like to be treated.


Writing is the trickiest thing that children encounter at school. It is a complicated process that relies on pupils coordinating both fine motor skills and cognitive skills. As they write, pupils have to orchestrate appropriate spelling, accurate sentence construction, linguistic choices about content and textual cohesion. In order to teach this well, we have chosen to implement a systematic, clear, progressive framework for learning called The Write Stuff written by Jane Considine. It is an approach, not a scheme, and we have adopted it for all year groups.


What do writing lessons look like?

Pupils are taught writing daily, by the class teacher and a supporting teaching assistant. Children sit in mixed ability pairs and lessons are led by the teacher in a whole class approach. Within lessons, teachers ‘hold the writing hand’ of the pupils in small, sentence-based chunks. Lessons are well-structured and fast-paced however, there is a ‘slowness’ to the learning. Pupils are shown writing as a craft which needs careful thinking, deliberate word choices and reflective refining. Each unit of learning is between 10 and 15 days long and is driven by a quality text or film, chosen for its richness in vocabulary and quality theme. Narrative lessons are a mixture of Sentence Stacking and Experience Sessions. Non-fiction lessons also include Find the Shape lessons. Both are followed by a carefully planned independent sequence.


The Key Features of The Write Stuff at Dunbury


Further Information and Useful Links


Jane Considine's The Write Stuff


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