Writing Aims

Our aim at Castle Hill is to develop in all children:

  • High expectations – of themselves and each other. Our aim is for the children to to confidently create high quality work that they are proud of

  • Independence – to use their literacy skills confidently across the curriculum

  • Resilience – to edit and improve their work, with persistence and resilience

  • Innovate – to use the skills learnt in writing to innovate, invent and create

  • Enjoyment, and a love a writing and creating


  • To develop and create a language rich environment that promotes a love of reading and writing

  • To develop an interest in and love of books and literature that will support their learning across the curriculum and will remain long after children have left primary school

  • To use books as a stimulus for talk and play

  • To teach the craft and technique of writing; to develop the ability to identity ‘writer tools’ and to know how to ‘magpie’ those tools in their own writing

  • To teach and embed the basics – spelling, handwriting, grammar and punctuation

  • To develop in children the confidence to express themselves in writing – to know how to ‘paint pictures’ for readers.

Talk for Writing

We are a Talk for Writing school . Developed by Pie Corbett, the approach encourages children to internalise a text by learning and engaging with it. It encourages the children to imitate, innovate and independently apply.

The 3 stage writing process.

Stage 1 – Imitation Stage

Once the children are ‘hooked’ into a subject – perhaps a ‘discovery’ of dinosaur remains or a ‘visit’ from a fictional character – they will spent time learning an exemplar model, using hand actions, physical movements, and text mapping to recall a text. The will ‘enter’ the text during role role play and drama, before looking at the structure of the text and the ‘key ingredients’ and ‘tools’ a writer has used

Stage 2 – Innovation stage

Now the text is deeply embedded the children will innovate their own version.

Stage 3 – Independent application stage

The children will now have the confidence, knowledge and skills to write independently. They will edit and evaluate, publish and celebrate their efforts and achievements

Grammar and punctuation is practised through the daily use of grammar songs and games, embedding knowledge with written practice and application in creative writing. Our aim is for grammar to liberate children’s creativity, and enhance fluency.

Whole School English Overview

Please contact Megan Crow to find out more about our English curriculum.