Walter Evans Church of England Primary & Nursery School




“You can make anything by writing.”

C.S. Lewis

English: Our Intent for the subject.

At Walter Evans CE Primary and Nursery School, we intend to ensure that all children leave us as confident, competent readers and writers and aim to equip children with the attitudes, language, knowledge and skills required for their transition to KS3. We want our children to develop a love of language and literature alongside the skills required to continue to access both enjoyable and challenging texts from around the world and write beautifully and technically for a range of purposes. We believe that English is at the centre of education, therefore our whole school curriculum, and all of our topic-based learning, is based around the enjoyment of high quality, engaging and exciting texts. English is at the heart of all that we do.

Writing - Click here to see our Writing rationale

The school teaches writing as a cumulative and systematic process. The aim is to help children make faster progress and gain confidence and pleasure as a writer. It is grounded in the process of shared writing with lots of opportunities for collaborative and supportive writing.  This approach ensures children develop a deep understanding of writing any genre or text type.

Talk For writing

The school uses Talk for Writing. This approach is based on deepening our understanding of language development. Over time, children gradually build their bank of well-known texts and text-type features, supplemented by picture books, novels, poems and non-fiction books. Gradually, this living library of language begins to equip the children with the words they need to express themselves. In the same way, the ability to manipulate a bank of texts increasingly skilfully enables children to independently create new versions. Each writing genre is taught through a three part process - 'Imitate', 'Innovate' and 'Independent' application.

Our Writing Progression Grid Talk for Writing (Text progression map)

Our Grammar Progression Grid

Spellings - Click here to see the progression in spellings teaching

After achieving the expected Phonic standard, children in Year 2 to 6 learn spellings through regular weekly sessions where they either focus on key words or spelling rules.  Our weekly spelling sessions include the 4 elements: revisit, teach, practice and apply.

Handwriting - Click here to see our Letter Formation guide

We have very high presentation expectations. Children have discrete handwriting sessions in EYFS and KS1. All year groups have regular, short burst handwriting sessions as part of their English lessons. Children are expected to sit properly and hold their pen/pencil using a tri grip.