Writing at Gascoigne Primary School
Welcome to the Writing Pages of the Gascoigne Primary School Website!
Whatever your role in our school community, these pages are provided for you to learn more about, and join in the celebration of the great writing and writers at Gascoigne Primary School.
At Gascoigne, we recognise that English skills underpin all elements of the school curriculum. Considering the fundamental importance of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in everyday life, we are driven by the need to develop each learner’s writing ability, thus enabling them to play a full part in society.
From mark-making in Nursery to extended Writing across the curriculum in Year 6, the Teaching and Learning of Writing at Gascoigne is an engaging and developmental process. As you browse our web pages, we are sure that you will be struck by the fantastic commitment of our pupils, parents and staff in developing this most important life-skill!
At Gascoigne Primary School, we recognise that writing is integral to all aspects of life and we mindfully endeavour to ensure that children develop a lifelong, healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards writing. The skill of writing enables pupils to communicate with themselves and others while documenting and conveying their knowledge and ideas. Building on experiences, it encourages expression and higher order thinking skills to develop. Thus, creating a culture of writing in our school ensures our children are given the best opportunities to build their capacity and confidence in a range of writing styles
By creating a stimulating environment and employing appropriate resources, we are determined to provide all pupils with a supportive writing curriculum which will allow learners to recognise their full potential and develop their:
- Inquiry skills
Writing skills underpin most elements of the school curriculum and is an essential life-skill. Considering the fundamental importance of writing in everyday life, we are driven by the need to develop each learner’s writing ability, thus enabling them to play a full part in society.
The Four Principles
The following four principles underpin our intent at Gascoigne.
1. Writing explores Ourselves
Through the teaching and learning of writing and exposure to different types of texts, our children are encouraged to learn and communicate through writing more about themselves, such as who they are, where they come from, and what their place is in the world. This leads them to question, analyse and explore their values and how they manifest as part of their character.
2. Writing widens our World
Through the teaching and learning of writing and exposure to a variety of different texts, our children will acquire knowledge and an understanding of our world; communicated through writing. Non-fiction texts especially, broaden our children’s understanding of our world’s history, culture and multiple perspectives; resulting in writing which communicates this knowledge through critique, evaluation and debate.
3. Writing underpins our ongoing Education
Through the teaching and learning of writing skills and exposure to different types of texts at Gascoigne, pupils develop skills that will allow them to both access their continuing education and participate fully in society.
4. Writing affirms our Rights
Through the teaching and learning of writing and exposure to different types of texts, our children are reminded of their rights and that we are a Rights Respecting School. Writing allows children to communicate and explore these rights, in many forms and genres.