Staincliffe CE Junior School

Respect, Trust, Courage and Joy



At Staincliffe CE Junior school we believe that a quality Literacy curriculum is at the heart of everything we do, as not only is it taught in a daily discrete lesson, but it is the cornerstone of the entire curriculum.  Our main aim is to ensure that every child becomes primary literate and makes good progress from their starting points in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately, develop their own creativity and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts.



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Writing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive and inclusive throughout the whole school.

Our Writing curriculum is delivered through

  • Lessons that are planned so that skills are taught, developed and revisited in a sequential way which promotes learning and retention of knowledge and skills
  • Strategies are used throughout the school which encourage oral composition and rehearsal as part of the writing process
  • Pupils are given a language rich curriculum and environment and are shown how to effectively select and use well-chosen interesting and adventurous language in their writing
  • A high level of exposure to writing a wide variety of genres
  • Shared and modelled writing leading to independent writing
  • Opportunities for writing cross-curricular
  • Developing their own legible cursive writing style
  • Holding moderation meeting in order to ensure consistent standards across year groups and school


To track the progress of our writers

  • We assess the writing against the success criteria and provide support for children who are still working towards or are below national expectations
  • By looking to see if the skills learned in spelling and SPAG are embedded into independent writing
  • Capture pupil voice at regular intervals



As writers, the children will have

  • The ability to independently write a wide variety of genres, taking into account vocabulary choices, purpose and audience
  • An understanding of grammar terminology and how to use this effectively
  • Developed an appropriate tone through writing in order to effectively engage the reader
  • Be able to differentiate between formal and informal language
  • Be able to edit and craft language purposefully thinking about author’s intent
  • Developed speaking and listening skills and the ability to orally practise these through class discussions and debates


Our writing curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with our curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress and support is put in place for those working towards the year group objectives.

Please click on the links below for our Writing coverage documents Years 3-6.


 Please click here for our Year 3 writing coverage document.


 Please click here for our Year 4 writing coverage document.


 Please click here for our Year 5 writing coverage document.


 Please click here for our Year 6 writing coverage document.


Please click on the link below to read our handwriting policy.

Handwriting policy