Writing at Bartons
Check back soon for examples of writing from the Autumn term 2020!
At Bartons we follow the National Curriculum for writing, adapting it to suit our children.
On this page you will find out about our approach to writing, alongside information about spelling and handwriting.
At Bartons we believe children should consider themselves authors as well as readers. 
We are now in our second year of our new writing approach. This approach includes three main elements; immersive activities, teaching activities and composition sessions. 
Within the immersive activities we encourage the children to really understand the text type, characters, plot, setting and so much more.
We then move on to the teach stage. During this stage we teach GPS and writing skills which may include class shared writing.
The children will then have the opportunity to apply these skills during compose lessons. Where they will have the opportunity to plan, draft, edit and improve their work.
Each term the children will also complete a free write that will provide the opportunity to create a piece of text that they are inspired to write - choosing a genre and text type. Once complete each child will have a consultation with their class teacher, where targets will be discussed as well as praise for aspects of their writing. 
Children have commented that they enjoy the opportunity to write their own choice of text including skills taught during the 'teach' phase of the writing journey!
We are sure the children's writing will continue to improve and develop during the year. 
Grammar and Punctuation
Grammar terms are taught through writing and reading, with the children using the correct vocabulary. We understand that many of these terms are new to many parents so these glossaries may help.
Useful Websites
Here are some useful links to support your child.
We are promoting high expectations of the children's handwriting through using our handwriting continuum. Then the children achieve their targets they receive a certificate. They can even get a pen licence.
2020/2021 - English Meeting for parents
We may need to change our approach for the meeting this year. Please keep an eye out for further information about our plans. 
Parent Comments:
What went well?...
- found it all very interesting. I've a better understanding of how to help our children.
- explanation of curriculum and structure of learning.
- the access to the writing website was very good.
- understanding the levels expected.
- learning about cursive letter writing and letterjoin.
Comments from parents:
"Great meeting, it really helps to understand more about the way children are learning English at school."
"The glossary is very useful to understand all the different grammar terms."
"I really am concerned about my child coming home and I can't help them so more parent tuition would be great."
"Very informative - look forward to more!"