The National Curriculum states that:
'English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.'
At Goosnargh Oliverson's it is our intent to teach children the craft of writing in order to develop in them the confidence and skills to write well for a range of purposes and audiences. We want to foster in pupils the confidence, desire and ability to express their views and opinions both orally and in writing. From the earliest stages, we believe it is important that children understand that writing is a means of expression and a communication tool. Learning to write is a complex process and it is every child's entitlement. Taking possession of the written word can open up a world in which children can cultivate identity, and understanding of the world and their place in it in relation to others.
We do this by providing thoroughly engaging experiences for children throughout the school so that they can read, write and speak fluently, communicating their ideas and emotions to others. We take every opportunity to immerse the children in engaging, high-quality texts through drama, role-play, storytelling, art, music and discussion. We share rich examples of writing, both on and off the page. Including texts that allow children to absorb the rhythms and patterns of language, reflecting the cultural, social and linguistic diversity of the children, as well as introducing a world beyond the familiar. We believe that the teaching of writing is effective when children see the use in it; when there is real, authentic purpose; when there is an audience that authenticates their voice, whether themselves or another reader. Therefore we create opportunities for writing inspired by meaningful events and experiences in texts and real life.