St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Learning to live out our calling with compassion and love.


Writing at St. Mary's

The Door

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Mysteriously, a door has appeared in the playground today. Nobody appears to know where it has come from, how it arrived, or where it leads to. The children will be discussing this all week through English to create some fantastic, imaginative writing!

At St. Mary’s, we adopt a cross-curricular approach to writing with carefully designed, text-led sequences of lessons which ensure progression of skills. Every year group focuses on a limited number of skills per half term; the ability to transfer written skills to all areas of the curriculum is paramount in facilitating mastery.


Across the school, we use high quality, language-rich texts which enthuse and challenge pupils, in addition to embarking on their real life experiences, where possible. This approach gives pupils opportunities to write for a range of purposes and audiences, which inspires them to write.


At St. Mary’s, we model a high standard of talk and writing to secure high expectations. Pupils are given ample opportunities throughout the curriculum to develop their speaking and listening skills, which in turn has a positive impact on extended writing. Writing is assessed using the Staffordshire Writing grids used within the county.


The use of Alan Peat sentence types is embedded across the school to develop sentence structure and text composition. 


The importance of cursive handwriting, as outlined in the ‘Magic Link’ handwriting scheme is enforced in all subject areas to promote legibility, neat presentation and self-pride.


Spelling is taught progressively across the school as per our spelling overview during discrete spelling lessons, which are supplemented by sessions focusing on the Statutory Spelling Lists for each year group.