Normanton Altofts Junior School

Writing at Altofts

At Altofts, we view the acquisition of language skills to be of the utmost importance and so the
teaching of all aspects of English is given high priority. Writing is integral to our children’s whole
language experience; it is a crucial part of thinking and learning.

Aims of the Teaching of Writing
In our teaching of writing, we aim for all children to:
- Appreciate that writing is a universal method of communication
- Enjoy playing with language and write for pleasure
- Write appropriately for specific, real or imaginary audiences where possible
- Write for a variety of purposes
- Make judgements about the tone, style, format and vocabulary appropriate to the writing’s
purpose, audience and genre
- Write clearly, legibly and accurately with attention to punctuation, spelling and grammar
- Recognise that drafting, incorporating significant revision into their writing and proof-reading
are integral parts of the writing process
- Achieve independent writing of a high quality

Writing Flow at Altofts
All writing stems from a quality text. Children will spend approximately 3 weeks working on a genre.
The process starts with a WAGOLL and understanding the features of the genre. Grammar skills are
taught and then practised within the writing task. As the piece is built, time is given to teach editing
techniques that are not secretarial, these learnt skills are then employed upon a recent part of the
writing to up-level. At the end of the three weeks, the completed piece may be written up as a
published piece of work. This is not carried out every time. One piece of writing per half term will be
published and displayed.



Writing Overview

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During the Autumn term, the following books are being read as a stimulus for writing

Year 3 - A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

Take a journey into Perfect, a town that is anything but...

They've got their eyes on you…

Violet hates the very idea of living in Perfect. She doesn’t want to have to be neat and tidy and perfectly well-behaved all the time, where’s the fun in that?How would she ever survive? She would definitely have to brush her hair. She'd have to be perfect and that was boring. But when her dad is offered the best job an optician can get, to fix a strange problem in this odd little town, Violet has to obey.

That's the thing with parents, they only ever do what they want!

From the beginning Violet hates her new home, it's too clean, the people are too friendly, everything is just too nice...

Then Violet starts to question other things… Like why does everyone have to wear special glasses to stop them going blind? What are the strange noises in the night and why is Mum acting so weird?

When her Dad disappears on a mysterious business trip without telling a soul, she almost gets expelled from school for picking up a pencil without permission and starts hearing voices in her head, Violet thinks she's going mad.

Until she meets BOY...

Violet is determined to uncover the truth. But returning normality to Perfect is a battle she could never have imagined... 


Year 4 - The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Like a man-made magic wish the airplane began to rise.

The boy sitting in the cockpit gripped his seat and held his breath as the plane roared and climbed into the arms of the sky.

From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him.

He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.

As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice.

He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place.  With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them...


Year 5 - The Kid Who Came From Space by Ross Welford

A small village in the wilds of Northumberland is rocked by the disappearance of twelve-year-old Tammy. Only her twin brother, Ethan, knows she is safe - and the extraordinary truth of where she is. It is a secret he must keep, or risk never seeing her again.

But that doesn't mean he's going to give up.

Together with his friend Iggy and the mysterious (and very hairy) Hellyann, Ethan teams up with a spaceship called Philip, and Suzy the trained chicken, for a nail-biting chase to get his sister back... that will take him further than anyone has ever been before.


Year 6 - War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story.

Approaches to Spelling


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Approaches to Handwriting

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