Writing composition is a fundamental life skill which equips children with what they need to become life-long learners. Our approach aims to develop culturally literate children, in readiness for further education and beyond. Our writing curriculum is based on our ‘Good Book Journey’ (see below). Through these high-quality, rich and diverse texts, children are inspired to write. Our chosen texts aim to expose learners to a wide range of writing genres and engender a love of literature.



  • The teaching of writing echoes many of Rosenshine’s principles of instruction. It starts with the use of an exemplary text - a WAGOLL (What a Good One Looks Like) – to provide a modelled expectation for the children. It is then followed by a ‘boxing up’ process which allows the children to identify the purpose, structure, form and vocabulary of the particular genre in small steps. This process promotes confidence and ensures consistency and sequential development throughout each year group as the children move through the school.


  • The writing curriculum is focused on a ‘draft, edit, publish’ cycle, within which grammar and sentence construction are taught both explicitly and implicitly throughout the week. This encourages the children to regularly build upon pre-existing skills whilst applying independent practice, ultimately seeing themselves as ‘writers’.


  • Explicit activities that extend children’s spoken, receptive and written vocabulary are embedded into the teaching of reading and writing and are interwoven in all our teaching at Holy Family.


  • The ability to spell correctly is crucial in written communication and discrete spelling lessons are timetabled daily. For these we follow the RWInc. Spelling scheme from Year 3 onwards. This employs and embeds the strategies used in our phonics teaching.


  • Handwriting is taught in discrete lessons with children using cursive script from Year 2 onwards. Learners aspire to be granted the coveted ‘Pen Licence’.   


  • Through their writing, children are able to confidently demonstrate an understanding of purpose and audience, and the coordination of meaning, form, and structure.
  • We strive to maximise outcomes irrespective of starting points.
  • Children will have accessed, and know well, a wide variety of rich and diverse texts by the end of their time with us at Holy Family.
  • A development of ambitious vocabulary and improved language acquisition will support children to become proficient writers and readers.

Our Good Book Journey

"Good writing begins with a good book"

Here at Holy Family, we firmly believe that writing and reading are inextricably linked.  All of our writing is based on these high quality texts. 


Writing around our school...

Writing for a purpose in Year 1

Beegu, our alien friend, has disappeared! She must be ever so lonely and afraid so Year 1 are desperate for your help in finding her. They have displayed their lost posters across the school and visited classrooms to raise awareness. We are certain she will be found VERY soon!

Our Writing Showcase📸

Located in the entrance of our school, we have created a showcase area to promote our fabulous writers. I wonder which year group will showcase next?

We are so incredibly proud of EYFS and their latest writing!

Year 5 are off to an outstanding start with Skellig! 🕸

Year 6 chose to share their newspaper reports based on Rose Blanche 🌹

It is Year 4's turn to shine now! ⭐️

EYFS have taken to the showcase stage with their incredible 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' writing!

Non-Fiction November

Black History Poetry Week

October 2022

October 2021

National Shakespeare Week has commenced 🎭


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Year 6 take to the stage of King Lear's Court👑

Term 4 2021

Our Shakespeare showcase displays a range of the very best work from our studies this week. Some children produced wanted posters or narratives whilst others first wrote, then performed, playscripts.
The quote of the week came from a Year 2 child - 'Mummy, can I read Hamlet next?' 
Our aim and vision is that by the time each pupil leaves Holy Family they will know well 7 different Shakespeare treasures! 

We are enjoying this text SO much that we can't put it down! 🤗 "We know we need to start writing but are you sure we can't just read the next chapter?" asked Year 6.

A summary: latest pupil voice survey 

Of the children asked, 100% agreed they 'enjoy' writing lessons and their reasons for this included:

  • The wide range of books we read inspire our writing - I sometimes even try to buy the same book for at home (Y3).
  • The different 'styles' of writing and how the teacher shows us the differences between each  (Y6).
  • Writing lets me pretend I am an author (Y2).


When asked to suggest why it is important to have writing lessons, pupil's commented: 'know it, write it then you'll remember it', they explained how writing impacts on your 'whole life' and if you 'write it correctly you will speak it better' too.

NEW TO HOLY FAMILY.... Our 'Awesome Writers' display ⭐️

The children at Holy Family have made a fantastic start to the year: they have impressed us with their writing skills, so much so that each teacher has selected one star writer from each class. Many of the children were chosen for their progress since September, their use of ambitious vocacbulary and accurate punctuation. 

Term 1 'Awesome Writers' were awarded to the following children:
EYFS - Alicia 

Year 1 - Arthur

Year 2 - Leo

Year 3 - Diamond

Year 4 - Joyce

Year 5 - Carmen

Year 6 - Swalah 


Congratulations and well done! Will you be the next Awesome Writer in Term 2?

Term 2⭐️

Term 2 'Awesome Writers' were awarded to the following children:
EYFS - Eddie

Year 1 - Hiyab

Year 2 - Ikhlas

Year 3 - Suzanna

Year 4 - Harrison

Year 5 - Vicky

Year 6 - Freya


Congratulations to these children - your efforts in writing this term have been noticed!

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