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Horizon Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education.

company number 08411590

registered office is C/O Biggin Hill Primary School, Biggin Avenue, Bransholme, Hull, United Kingdom HU7 4RL.

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We use strategies taken from the Talk for Writing model (from EYFS to Year 6) to teach a text type whilst also meeting National Curriculum objectives, as we believe that ‘if children can’t say it they can’t write it.’

All English lessons should be about teaching a genre and our yearly programme includes narrative units, non-fiction and poetry. On average the teaching of a text type should last about 3 weeks. Our whole school writing grid details, for class teachers, what should be covered at each stage of the talk for writing process. There are no discrete lessons which do not relate to the text type being taught. Teachers follow progression documents for each genre of writing to ensure skills are built on in each year group. 

What do our Writing lessons look like?

  • Carefully designed text-led learning journeys, with a clear starting point, end outcome and purpose.
  • A clear writing process of: planning, drafting, sharing, evaluating, revising, editing, and publishing.
  • A range of teaching strategies to engage children: Group discussion, partner talk, questioning, modelled writing and shared writing.
  • Speaking and listening sessions which are taught through drama strategies like role-play; performing poetry; debates and presentations.
  • Discrete Grammar sessions where objectives have been carefully chosen to match the genre of writing being taught so children can apply their learning when completing independent pieces.
  • Explicitly taught spelling lessons.
  • Differentiated tasks which are designed to support and challenge all learners.

Please refer to our Reading and Phonics page for detailed information on how these areas of the curriculum are delivered.