At West Byfleet Junior School, we teach writing with a focus on:

  • Spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Composition
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation



We believe in the importance of teaching the children to plan, write, revise, edit and evaluate

their work.

We have a creative curriculum and believe in using our creative topics to inspire children as well as writing

for a real purpose.

The Writing Timetable

Throughout the week, each class has five writing lessons.  Sessions focus on all aspects of writing: structure and grammar; effect on audience; text organisation; handwriting; spelling and editing skills. A learning unit may start with analysis of a particular text type, enabling children to identify the different features of that genre.  Subsequent lessons provide the opportunity for children to practise the language skills required and plan their own versions of these text types.  Children then create extended pieces of writing from their plans, which also helps to build their stamina for writing over longer periods of time. Additionally, children are given the time to edit and evaluate their own work. The timetable for a writing unit will be slightly different when classes are learning a ‘Talk for Writing’ unit or a ‘Write Stuff’ unit. Please see below for further details.

Talk for Writing

Twice a year, each class undertakes a Talk for Writing Topic. This teaching strategy, developed by Pie Corbett is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version.